White Paper Delay Stalls PSC Action Against Indicted Ex-SARS Members

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Police Service Commission (PSC), has said that it is awaiting the White Paper on the Presidential Panel on Reform of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to commence action on the report.

This was disclosed by Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission on Friday in Abuja.

The white paper being expected from the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, would facilitate disciplinary mechanism on erring officers in the system.

Oriental News Nigeria, recalls that the report of the panel, concluded in 2018, was submitted to the PSC on October 16, 2020.

Ani, who called for restraint, noted that miscreants had hijacked the #EndSARS protests to unleash terror and havoc nationwide.

He said the Commission had followed recent developments and was shocked by the level of destructions meted on innocent Nigerians; as well as public facilities and businesses.

He pledged the commitment of the Commission to hold Police officers; whether of the defunct SARS or conventional personnel, accountable for their actions and inactions.

However, he stated that the Commission condemned the unprovoked killing of Police men and women across the country; as well as the burning of Police stations, adding that the actions were barbaric and unfortunate.

He noted that Police Officers are also Nigerians that have sacrificed their lives and comfort for the safety of citizens; as well as their property.

He said the officers deserved nothing but commendations, support and encouragement.

Ani said the Commission had warned that any attempt to force the country into a state of lawlessness would be resisted, assuring that the Commission will do all within its powers to ensure that the Police that will emerge in the nearest future will meet the expectations of Nigerians.

He called on Nigerians to cooperate and support the Government; as it attends to the basic inadequacies facing the Nigeria Police.

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