Police in Lagos begin implementation of panel recommendations on human rights abuses
The Lagos State Police Command says it has begun the implementation of the recommendations of a panel of inquiry into complaints of professional misconduct by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Cultism and Anti-Kidnapping units.
The state police boss, Imohimi Edgal, said the recommendations critically assessed past and current allegations of human rights abuses against the SARS, anti-kidnapping and anti-cultism squads.
Edgal, who addressed reporters at the command headquarters in Ikeja, said: “They were tasked to look into all allegations of human rights abuses against officers and men of the units and give recommendations to prevent reoccurrence. They were tasked to profile personnel currently posted to the units and determine their suitability to continue in the units. They also made recommendations for the immediate training of officers and men of the units on the principles and tenets of fundamental human rights and the rule of law.
“Disturbing issues relating to investigation of civil matters, illegal detentions, prolonged and unconstitutional detentions, safety and custody of exhibits, welfare of suspects and detainees, sexual abuses molestation in any form, right to bail with an emphasis that bail is and must remain free among other areas that the panel has deemed reasonable for modification would be overhauled to sharpen the force performance and boost its image.”
He, therefore, advised the media to be dutiful in circumspection when dealing with social media reports.
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