The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday, October 11, appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to take decisive steps to identify and punish officers of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) who are involved in any case of human rights abuses.
Gbajabiamila made this assertion via a statement issued by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi.
“The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) must act to identify; and punish those operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) involved in the most severe cases of abuse of rights; brutality; and murder of Nigerian citizens.
“These steps are necessary to assure the Nigerian people that the announced dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is sincere; and well-intentioned; and not merely meant to quell the ongoing protests across the country”.
Gbajabiamila made the call while commending the IGP and President Muhammadu Buhari; for scrapping the subunit which has, over the years, gained notoriety for brutality and human rights violations.
The dissolution, according to him, was a “necessary response” by the government.
According to the Speaker, the ongoing reforms of the police that will follow, are a testament to the resilience of a generation of Nigerians who determined not to accept or tolerate injustice in whatever form it takes.
Gbajabiamila also expressed displeasure at the death of a young man, Jimoh Isiaq at the protests in Ogbomoso.
He had last week, promised to meet with the Nigerian Bar Association and members of civil society groups among others; to ensure that structural reforms and policies are put in place to end the years-long menace.
Reiterating that promise, he said the House will continue its work to legislate lasting solutions to the problems of policing in Nigeria.
Specifically, the Speaker promised that the green chamber will be meeting with the aforementioned groups “to begin joint efforts at developing a legislative proposal”.