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#EndSARS: Police to dismiss 37 ex-SARS officers, prosecute 24

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The Presidential Panel on Reform of Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS) has recommended the dismissal of 37 ex-SARS operatives and prosecution of 24 others.

This was disclosed on Friday during the visit of the National Human Rights Commission, led by its Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu to the office of the Police Service Commission in Abuja. The visit was to formally present the 2018 report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The Presidential Panel had among other things investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit.

Receiving the delegation, PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, retired Inspector General of Police, said the PSC will collaborate and support the Human Rights Commission in the promotion of good governance.

He, however, said that for effective reform of the much-maligned SARS, there must be a deliberate effort to select capable, professional and credible people to replace the disbanded outfit.

The selected Officers, he added, must be properly trained and exposed to regular training. Smith said there must also be close supervision of the newly selected officers so that the nation will not experience the rot that became the fate of the disbanded unit.

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