Presidency lauds conviction of 5 ex-SARS operatives in move to redress police brutality

Presidency lauds conviction of 5 ex-SARS operatives in move to redress police brutality

The Presidency has commended the court ruling which convicted five dismissed ex-operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Presidency on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, conveyed this in a tweet on Tuesday, February 16, in Abuja.

“Welcome this important court ruling where five dismissed SARS officers were convicted and one already sentenced to death.

“We expect more of such because indeed justice is the first condition of humanity.

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“ We commend police authorities for earlier dismissing the convicts. Progress,’’ the Presidency aide said.

1st News had reported that a state High Court in Benin City, Edo, on Feb. 12, sentenced a police constable to death for conspiring with four other constables, said to be at large, to kill a car dealer in 2015.

The four other dismissed constables were also convicted but not sentenced because they were not present in the court.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says driver’s licence is not meant for vehicles owners alone; but for all Nigerians who are of driving age.

Mr Adebisi Olajide, the FRSC Route Commander in charge of drivers licence at the Ore Unit Command, made this clarification on Tuesday, February 16, in Ore, Ondo State.

Olajide, who spoke with journalists, urged Nigerians who are of driving age; to ensure they go through driving schools for their drivers’ licence.

He said that driver’s licence would give people access to drive vehicles when the opportunity comes; without being arrested by the FRSC, police, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and other law enforcement agencies.

“Many people think that driver’s licence is meant for vehicles owners alone.

“This is not so, but anyone who has reached the category of driving; and ready to go through and pass all the driving tests can process the driver’s licence.

“Driver’s licence also serves as an identity card for the holder because all his information is on it.

“It can also give them the opportunity to drive vehicles whenever they have access without being arrested by law enforcement officers,” the FRSC boss aid.

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