The Presidential panel on police reform has recommended the dismissal of 37 operatives of the erstwhile special anti-robbery squad (SARS) to the Police Service Commission (PSC).
This was made known in a statement issued by its spokesman of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani on Friday.
He said the panel had investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit.
“The Panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens,” the statement read.
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On the dismissal of the 37 police personnel, Ani disclosed that executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tony Ojukwu presented the report of the panel to PSC chairman Musiliu Smith on Friday.
Ojukwu, according to Ani, said police reform is the most topical issue in the country, adding that a lot is expected from the PSC.
The NHRC executive secretary said the panel received 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from across the country and 22 memoranda on suggestions on how to reform and restructure SARS and the police in general.