As Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by some States of the federation against the brutality, human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings of Nigeria Police, particularly, its unit of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), as directed by the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, began sittings.
A human and civil rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman has urged the Judicial Panels across the country, not to spare any Police officer alleged of brutalizing the innocent citizens of the country, no matter whose ox is gored, urging the members of the panel to do their work without fear or favour because Nigerians were watching them with what would be their outcome.
He made the signed statement available to newsmen on Sunday, urged the members of the panels to conduct a thorough, unbiased and credible Investigation into all the allegations of brutality and extra-judicial killings levelled against the men and officers of Nigeria Police, especially SARS.
Comrade Sulaiman who is Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has described the Police formations in the land as “Ministry of Injustices”, insisting that men and officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have turned themselves to demons and Court of Law that could kill at Will and no law gave anybody power to take the life of fellow human being at Will in the land.
Sulaiman who doubles as Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG) listed the Police formations where they have been known for notorious actions against the Innocent citizens of the country as; Ogun State FSARS Maagbon, Lagos F-SARS Adeniji Adele, Alagbon F-CID, Gbagada Charley Boy Bus-Stop Anti-cultism Squad, Ikorodu SARS office, Cement area Iyana-Ipaja SARS office, Olusegun Obasanjo library IGP F-SARS office, Obada-Oko Zone 2 SARS Annex, Ogijo Police Station and many other Police killer Squad offices across the land.
The rights activist who strongly condemned the jungle justice against the no fewer than twenty-two(22) officers of Nigeria Police during the recent #EndSARS protests across the country, advising the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Adamu to stop giving provocative order to Police officers because such an order could trigger another crisis between the Nigeria people and the Police.
He then advised the IGP to begin the re-orientation of the rank and file and officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to work within the ambit of the Law instead of encouraging them to adopt the violent attack against the perceived enemies.
According to him; “IGP order to officers of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is primitive and barbaric because our present social atmosphere cannot accommodate such directive. Officers of the Force should be taught to imbibe the culture of self-discipline by stopping the violation of human rights of the Nigerians in line of their constitutional duties.
“IGP should know that it would not be augur well for the Police to use brute force to suppress public anger and frustration of the system. Such action would continue to threaten our fragile unity more than ever. The judicial panels on their part should ensure that justice is served where it is supposed to be served at the end of their sittings”
Sulaiman who added that the Police boss should strive hard on how to restore the lost glory and confidence of Nigeria Police to the mind of the people by ensuring that the good officers outnumbered the bad ones in the Force because Police is indispensable to our society.
Recalling that the Commander of the F-SARS, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), has been alleged on the disappearance of one Seyi Adebusuyi since 2013, under his watch as Lagos State F-SARS Commander and also alleged of extorting some of Forty-One million naira (N41, 000,000) from a businessman, adding that all these allegations must be thoroughly investigated by the Panel to unravel the truth of the whole matter.
He, therefore, called on the affected State panels to thoroughly investigate these aforestated officers of SARS; DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Akin Fakorede, CSP Anieto Eyo, CSP Carol Afegbai, CSP James Nwafor, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan and Inspector Wasiu Ayinla Lawal. Others are; Sergeant Goodwin Orji, Aliyu Mukaila, Solomon Sunday, Olaniyi Solomon, Fabiyi Solomon, Femi Abogun and Oshinowo.
Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman