Following the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and indictment of erring officers from the tactical police unit, the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami has revealed that the evidence presented in order to facilitate their prosecution is not enough.
Recall that 33 SARS operatives were found guilty in last year’s report of a presidential investigative panel. Malami, having established this, therefore, directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to set up “a special investigation team” to conduct “thorough investigation” into the cases.
The report indicted 35 police operatives in 12 states and the federal capital territory for various rights violations including extrajudicial killing, death in police custody, unlawful arrest, biased investigation, unlawful intimidation, harassment, criminal assault, torture, cruelty, inhuman and degrading treatment, threat to life, extortion and confiscation of property, among others.
Thirty-three others were recommended for prosecution, and punishment, including sanctions like reduction in rank and dismissal. It also recommended that 57 victims be paid about N249million as compensation while the police should tender public apologies.
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