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35 SARS operatives to be prosecuted, dismissed

The Federal government has received a report containing 35 operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, who have been recommended for prosecution and outright dismissal from the Nigeria Police Force.

The report of the indicted SARS operatives which were drawn from 12 States including the Federal Capital Territory, was presented by the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, in Abuja.

Mr. Ojukwu said the affected SARS officers were found culpable of offences that ranged from alleged extra-judicial killings, unlawful arrest and detention, threat and intimidation, unfounded allegations, seizure of properties, as well as illegal blockage of bank accounts of citizens.

In his response, Mr. Malami who formally received the report said the government would implement the report in such a way that justice would be served to all the parties concerned.

He said that the Police Act 2020 had provided answers to the various problems affecting the Police force, including their operations and welfare as captured in the Police Trust Fund.

Mr. Malami reinstated that the federal government had been mindful of the welfare, security and well-being of all citizens before the current agitations to reform the Police force.

Ifeoma Nwovu

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