The panel set up to investigate violations committed by members of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) submitted its report yesterday in Abuja.
What’s in the report?
The Independent Investigation Panel’s report on alleged Human Rights Violations committed by the Anti-robbery unit of the Nigerian Police Force found no fewer than 72 members of the unit guilty of various infractions. The panel disclosed this in its final report submitted to the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja on Tuesday.
What happens after the indictments?
The Panel recommended the payment of N438.88m to the victims of various infractions by the unruly officers of the police force. This is the latest on the protest by Nigerian Youths against all forms of brutality and abuse by members of the Nigerian police force, which culminated in the deadly shootings that occurred on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos.
The infractions by the police officers, for which the compensation was awarded, include; extrajudicial killings; enforced disappearance; unlawful arrest and detention; torture, cruelty, inhumane, and degrading treatment; threat to life; confiscation/seizure of property; and abuse of office. About 100 victims were listed for compensation.