President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have heeded the calls of many Nigerians for the establishment of State police to curtail the growing issues of insecurity across the country.
In a statement on Monday, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission and chairman, Presidential Panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Reform, Anthony Ojukwu, hinted that Buhari has approved the establishment of both State and local government area police.
Ojukwu was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to submit the report of the Presidential Panel on the reform of SARS of the Nigeria Police.
He further disclosed that President Buhari has also approved the dismissal of 37 police officers as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission Presidential Special Panel on SARS Reforms.
He also disclosed that the panel has directed the Inspector General of Police to find out the identity of twenty-two (22) officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens.
Ojukwu said, “The police was directed to pay compensation of various sums in forty—ﬁve (45) complaints and tender public apologies in ﬁve (5) complaints and directed to obey court orders in ﬁve (5) matters.
The panel, Ojukwu added, also recommended for “significant improvement in the funding, kitting and facilities of the Nigeria Police Force; strengthening information and communication technology of the force; establishment of state and local government police.”
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