The House of Representatives has tasked the Federal Government to rein in the appalling spate of police brutality. Consequently, the House has recommended the set-up of a Special Investigative Unit to investigate cases of police brutality.
Further, the Green Chamber has called for periodic mental stability tests for men of the Nigeria Police Force; particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The lower chamber reached the resolution following a motion moved by Taiwo Onanuga during plenary on Thursday.
She described the behaviour of the operatives of SARS as highly unprofessional. The Rep was speaking in the wake of the killing of Tiyamiyu Kazeem; a footballer with Remo Stars, which sparked massive unrest and tension in Sagamu, Ogun state.
Onanuga argued that the “Nigeria Police Force cannot bring its officers to abide by the rules of engagement; as their action was in clear contrast with the terms and conditions of the alleged reformed SARS. Therefore, actions more effective and lasting need to be taken.
House calls on Police to orientate operatives in order to curb rising cases of police brutality
Consequently, she called for the implementation of the recommendations of the special panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari chaired by the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anthony Ojukwu.
To this effect, the House mandated the Committees on Police Affairs, Justice and Human Rights; to investigate the recent action by SARS operatives that led to the death of Tiyamiyu Kazeem; while ensuring that justice is not only done but seen to be done. Also, the committees were asked to report back within six weeks for further legislative action.
Additionally, the House urged the Nigeria Police Force to regularly orientate officers of the force and all tactical squads; about their obligations and the rights of citizens as contained in the 1999 Constitution (as amended); as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.