ON ENDSARS PROTEST: INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE ORDERS PROBE OF SUIT SEEKING TO STOP JUDICIAL PANELS’ FROM SITTING

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04, Dec 2020

By: Deled DADA

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed immediate investigations into the suit challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the allegations against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday hours after the police filed the suit.

According to the IGP, the police remain committed to fulfilling all their obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing proceedings of the judicial panels, and all other police reforms. Reports said that the suit was at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the nation’s capital. It seeks to stop the judicial panels of inquiry set up by various state governments to probe the allegations of police brutality and human rights abuses by the disbanded SARS and other police tactical units.

The police, through their lawyer, O.M. Atoyebi, had argued that the state governments lacked the power to constitute the panels to investigate activities of the force and its officials in the conduct of their statutory duties. They urged the court to restrain the Attorneys-General of the 36 states of the federation and their various panels of inquiry from going ahead with the probe focusing on police impunity.

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