OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to urgently tackle extra judicial killings, harassment, impunity and other dehumanizing vices that Nigerians are subjected to in the hands of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country.
Part of the measures is to convene a public hearing on the atrocities of the security outfit.
SARS is a notorious unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The decision of the House was sequel the to a motion brought under matters of urgent national importance by the Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, on the need to stop the human right abuses of the SARS .
Meanwhile, the lawmaker resolved to expunge relevant sections, including S.215(5) of the constitution that indemnify the police from individual responsibilities for their action.
Similarly, the House resolved to hold a public hearing to let people articulate all the human right abuses of the SARS with the aim of guarding against such in the future.
The lawmakers chronicled different experiences against the SARS as catalogued by various constituents, noting that Nigerians fear the police more than armed robbers.
They also agreed to invite the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to answer relevant questions before the lawmakers on the dreaded unit.
In his remarks the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila noted that throughout the country, interactions between the police and the citizens either result in acts of horrific brutality, extortion, and retribution against the citizens.
“Too many of the people we have assigned to protect our citizens have shown themselves unworthy of that calling. Their actions betray our trust and wreck unquantifiable damage on the already frayed fabric of our society.
“Unfortunately, we do not have an independent framework for ensuring that members of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) are appropriately held to account when they fail to adhere to the policies and laws that govern their operations”.
The motion unanimously adopted and referred to the Committees on Justice, Human Rights and Police.
The senate in plenary today also debated the issue of SARS and resolved on some steps.