End SARS: 37 officers to be sacked, 24 set for prosecution

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Thirty-seven former operatives have been penciled down by the Police Service Commission (PSC) has of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to be dismissed from service.

The commission will also order the prosecution of 24 other ex-operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.

These were the highlights of the Reports of the Presidential Panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad Reform, which were set up by the Federal Government in 2018.

Musiliu Smith, the PSC Chairman, while presenting the report in Abuja on Friday, Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, called for speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.

According to the statement made by Ikechukwu Ani, the PSC spokesman, he quoted Ojukwu to have said: “We have come to see a PSC determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.”

It added that “Ojukwu said at the end of the public hearing, the panel recommended 37 police officers for dismissal, and 24 were recommended for prosecution.

“The panel also directed the Inspector -General of Police to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens.”

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