President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, received the report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
He received the report from the Chairman of the Panel on Police Reform, Barrister Tony Ojukwu, at the State House, Abuja.
On his verified Twitter handle, Buhari said, “Today I received the Report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. We constituted the Panel as a result of public outcry and various media reports on allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by officers and men of SARS.
“In carrying out their statutory responsibilities, the Police must at all times act within the ambit of the law and must not violate the fundamental human rights of Nigerians whom they have sworn to protect.
“Where the rights of Nigerians are violated by Police Officers while discharging their functions, we as the Government have a responsibility to address these instances of violation, and ensure that such Police Officers are held accountable for their actions.”
He added that, “I thank the members of the SARS Reform Panel for their work, and have directed the Inspector General of Police and the Solicitor General of the Fed/Perm Sec, Justice to meet with the NHRC to work out the modalities for the implementation of the Report within 3 months from today.”
Recall that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo while acting as the president in August 2018 order an overhaul the management and activities of SARS.
The security outfit has been widely accused of highhandedness and extra-judicial killings.
It was the subject of #EndSARS, an intense online campaign that called for its dissolution and morphed into street protests in different parts of the country. There were also counter demonstrations.
Osinbajo subsequently directed the NHRC to set up a panel to investigate the alleged unlawful activities of the squad.
“This would give members of the public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to getting redress”, he said.