The National Human Rights Commission has submitted the report of the Presidential Investigation Panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force to the Chairman Police Service Commission, Musliu Smith, for “immediate implementation”.
The report was earlier submitted to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), in June 2019, but no action was taken on it.
The submission of the report to the PSC 16 months after it was handed over to Buhari for implementation was contained in a statement released on Friday by the NHRC’s Assistant Director Public Affairs, Fatimah Mohammed.
The statement titled, ‘Police Reform: NHRC submits panel’s report to PSC, seeks immediate implementation’, came amid unabated #EndSARS demonstrations demanding the scrapping of SARS, reform of the police and an end to police brutality.
The protests have continued in major Nigerian cities despite the Sunday’s announcement of the disbanding of SARS by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and his subsequent announcement of its replacement with Special Weapon and Tactics Team.
The NHRC stated in its statement on Friday that the Executive Secretary of commission, Tony Ojukwu, while submitting the presidential panel’s report to the PSC boss, “expressed confidence in the ability of the PSC to ensure an effective implementation o
The statement said the PSC as a key partner “will play a leading role in Police reforms in Nigeria”.
Ojukwu was said to have submitted to Smith, “Volume 11 of the main report which contains the recommendations targeted at bringing the needed reforms in the Police force”.
He was said told the PSC boss that the verbatim report would follow.
“Ojukwu said that now that the report is submitted to the PSC, the hope of Nigerians will be raised towards having a more professional and patriotic Police force that will truly exemplify the maxim, ‘Police is your friend’, which some Nigerians have described as a mirage,” the statement added.