Following the uproar on the #EndSARS protest and the cry to end police brutality, The National Human Rights Commission has submitted names of 35 operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), for probing and prosecution on Monday 19th October.
Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, said the names on the list was an extract of the full report of the Special Presidential Panel on SARS that was earlier submitted to the President on the 3rd of June, 2019.
He said, “In line with the mandate of the panel, the commission is here today to submit the list to you, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the list of all officers who have been indicted in the report.
The list contains the names of all those who are to be prosecuted for various offences by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”
He added that “We have also brought the original copy of the full report which will also guide the office of the Attorney-General in looking at the details for the required prosecution, because the summary will not have all the documents.
We brought the full report which will guide the prosecuting officers.”
However, Malami said his office would do justice to the list “through prosecution and taking associated incidental administrative steps”.
He also said that the report would be implemented in line with the “multi-way-traffic nature of the justice system”.
Ojukwu as well told journalists that, “All the people to be dismissed are going to be prosecuted,”.
He also said, “SARS violation is a daily thing. For instance, that report was about violations as of 2018. There have been violations from 2018 till today. Some people were shot last week. Even if the panel finishes sitting today, after some time, it has to sit again so that it can look at new cases.
Part of the recommendations of the former panel is that this panel should sit over complaints on police impunity continually from time to time. As they accumulate like that, they should be dealt with, so that in our country we will never have a time when we will get to this stage”.
He also stressed that “Because of past years of not attending to these things in this way, they have accumulated and you see the results on the streets.
They are genuine concerns, they are genuine reasons to be on the streets. So,we are saying never again, this will never happen again in our history”.
He added that “What we are trying to institutionalise is a system that will keep making sure that impunity does not go unpunished”.