As Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up by some states of the federation against alleged brutality, human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings committed by men of the Nigeria Police, a human rights organisation, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, has called for commensurate punishment for any errant police officer.
In a statement on Sunday signed by CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, and made available to The Neighbourhood, the panels were urged not to spare any officer found guilty in alleged brutalizing of innocent citizens of the country, no matter whose ox is gored. CHRSJ also tasked them to work without fear or favour because Nigerians were watching and expectant of a true outcome of their sittings.
Comrade Sulaiman described police formations in Nigeria as “Ministry of Injustices”, insisting that men and officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) turned themselves into demons that could kill at will. He countered such disposition of the defunct SARS saying no law gave anybody power to take the life of fellow human being at will.
Sulaiman who doubles as Convener, Save Lagos Group, SLG, listed police formations known for notorious actions against innocent citizens of the country to be Ogun State FSARS, Maagbon, Lagos F-SARS, Adeniji Adele, Alagbon F-CID, Gbagada Charley Boy Bus-Stop Anti-cultism Squad, Ikorodu SARS office, Cement area Iyana-Ipaja SARS office, Olusegun Obasanjo Library IGP F-SARS office, Obada-Oko Zone 2 SARS Annex, Ogijo Police Station, and many other police-killers Squad offices across the country.
The rights activist, who condemned the jungle justice against the no fewer than twenty-two(22) officers of the Nigeria Police during the recent #EndSARS protests across the country, advised the Inspector General of Police(IGP) Muhammed Adamu, to stop giving provocative order to police officers because such an order could trigger another crisis between the Nigeria people and the Police.
He called for re-orientation of the rank and file of the Force to make them respect laws.
According to him, “IGP order to officers of Nigeria Police Force(NPF) is primitive and barbaric because our present social atmosphere cannot accommodate such directive. Officers of the Force should be taught to imbibe the culture of self-discipline by stopping the violation of human rights of Nigerians in line of their constitutional duties.
“IGP should know that it would not augur well for the Police to use brute force to suppress public anger and frustration in the system. Such action would threaten our fragile unity more than ever.”
Sulaiman, who added that the Police Chief should strive to restore the lost glory and confidence in Nigeria Police, recommended a new Force.
Recalling that a former Commander of F-SARS, under the Lagos Police Command, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, had been alleged of involvement in the disappearance of one Seyi Adebusuyi since 2013, Sulaiman called for a thorough investigation of the disappearance.
Also, he asked for a thorough investigation of the alleged extortion of about N41milion by the same senior police officer.
The CHRSJ Executive Chairman singled out DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Akin Fakorede, CSP Anieto Eyo, CSP Carol Afegbai, CSP James Nwafor, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan and Inspector Wasiu Ayinla Lawal as police officers whose activities while serving with the former SARS, should be investigated.
Sergeant Goodwin Orji, Aliyu Mukaila, Solomon Sunday, Olaniyi Solomon, Fabiyi Solomon, Femi Abogun and Oshinowo, he added, should also be investigated over their roles in the former police tactical outfit.