NHRC to investigate activities of the defunct SARS

A probe panel instituted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate activities of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has asked the Federal Government to dismiss twenty five officers of the squad for their roles in the violation of rights of some Nigerian citizens.

The panel headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice, Suleiman Galadima in Abuja, asked the Federal Government to dismiss the indicted officers for their roles in the extra-judicial killings that led to nationwide protest two years ago by aggrieved Nigerians.

Besides the dismissal recommendation, the panel also asked that twenty eight others be put on criminal prosecution, as well as fifteen for various forms of disciplinary actions and four others for reduction in their ranks for engaging in abuse of statutory powers.

After two years of extensive investigations, the panel asked the government to compensate financially, some families whose members were unlawfully killed for no just cause during their encounter with SARS.

Fact sheets presented by the panel include payment of compensation to thirty nine petitioners for extra-judicial killings and seven others for enforced disappearance.

Other recommendations of the panel are that nine Nigerians be compensated for unlawful arrest and detention, thirty for torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, six for threat to life, six for confiscation of property and three others for abuse of office.