Nigeria inquiry says 22 policemen should go on trial
Posted By: Dj Devoskid
on June 4, 2019
A Nigerian inquiry into a controversial police unit has recommended that 22 officers should be prosecuted.
The panel looking into of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) investigated allegations of widespread human rights violations.
Sars is in charge of combating armed robbery and kidnappings across the country but has been accused of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture and extortion.
President Muhammadu Buhari asked the panel to make recommendations on how to hold police officers accountable.
In addition to the prosecutions, the panel recommended that the police pay compensation to 45 of those who have complained.
President Buhari said the recommendations will be implemented within three months and said police officers should be held accountable for their actions:
The panel, whose membership was constituted by the National Human Rights Commission, was empowered to make recommendations on how to hold Police Officers found wanting accountable, and also, on how SARS and the larger Nigeria Police Force can be properly reformed.
In carrying out their statutory responsibilities, the Police must at all times act within the ambit of the law and must not violate the fundamental human rights of Nigerians whom they have sworn to protect.7001:54 PM – Jun 3, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy366 people are talking about this
In 2017, the #EndSars campaign began on Twitter as people complained about police brutality.
The campaign began when footage was shared allegedly showing the aftermath of the police killing of a young man.
Many Nigerians responded with their own accounts of their ordeals at the hands of officers from Sars.
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