Extrajudicial Killings: Senate investigates SARS Operations


The Nigerian Senate has mandated two of its committee to immediately probe the human rights abuses of innocent Nigerians by officials of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).

The Red Chamber made this known during Wednesday plenary following a motion raised by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) on the “need to check the culture of arbitrariness and brutality of Security Operatives to Nigerians.”

She noted that the activities and operations of SARS are against laws that should govern all Nigerians and the constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria, urging the Upper Chamber to immediately check the excesses of the police tactical unit.

However, the Senate urged the Inspector- General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu to immediately arrest and prosecute all officers that have been involved in this act of extrajudicial killing and prosecute them which will serve as a deterrent to others.

Consequently, the Senate mandated the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to immediately carry out a holistic investigation into the high-level human rights abuses by Nigerian security agencies.

It also asked the Senate  Committees on Police Affairs, and that of Judiciary,  Human Rights, and Legal Matters to investigate allegations of extrajudicial executions and make recommendations for reparation.

In his remarks on the recent activities and extrajudicial killings by men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those involved.

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