Friday, April 19, 2024

AGF Malami has evidence to prosecute 33 indicted SARS officers: NHRC

The attorney-general drew criticism when he exonerated the 33 officers earlier this month.

• November 21, 2020
Nigeria's Attorney General, Abubakar Malami [Photo Credit: BusinessDay]
Nigeria’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami [Photo Credit: BusinessDay]

Nigeria’s national human rights body, NHRC, says the attorney-general must “do the needful” in ensuring the prosecution of 33 officers of the defunct special anti-robbery squad accused of various forms of human rights infractions.

NHRC chief Tony Ojukwu said Friday that the rights office had fortified its indictment of the embattled cops by tendering additional evidence, hence expecting the nation’s chief law officer to begin the process of bringing the accused police personnel to justice.

“We have sent all the original cases files, not only to him (the attorney-general), but to all the states, because the law says it is either the attorney general of the federation or the attorney general of the states,” The Nation reported Mr. Ojukwu to have said.

“Secondly, we have submitted the list of these officers, with other necessary documents to both the Police Service Commission and the inspector-general of police,” 

“So, they need to do the needful. Moving forward, I expect that, once these internal procedures are tidied up, they should be able to do what they are supposed to do. This is because, as at today, we have sorted out these two obstacles identified by the AGF,” he added.

A committee set up by the attorney-general Abubakar Malami to review allegations brought against the SARS officers by a presidential investigative panel chaired by Mr. Ojukwu, had exonerated the accused cops citing lack of substantial proof against them.

The AGF’s committee also concluded that the report of the panel “does not meet prosecutorial needs” for failing to conduct proper investigation and attaching admissible evidence to the charges.

Mr. Malami’s committee’s findings drew the ire of many Nigerians, who accused the Federal Government of paying lip service to ending decades of police brutality in the country.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Customs

States

Customs seized N126.2 million smuggled goods in Kebbi in two months: Official

“Our operations so far have yielded positive outcomes leading to several seizures of items within the period under review.”

Plateau State University

Education

Plateau varsity suspends exams after killing of 200-level student by gunmen

Mr Ayuba said that the university had also declared a two-day mourning in honour of the slain student.

Lagos

Lagos govt. nabs ten fake enforcement officials

“The arrest was made in response to complaints registered at the ministry by concerned citizens,” he said.

Agriculture

Netherlands, Nigeria collaborate to enhance food security

One of the key initiatives is the Netherlands-Nigeria Seed Partnership, aimed at improving access to quality seeds and enhancing crop productivity.

Governor Dapo Abiodun

Economy

Ogun government begins enrolment of 80,000 beneficiaries for FG’s cash transfer

She disclosed that over 80,000 households would benefit from the exercise in 192 wards and 2,681 communities across Ogun.

Kashim Shettima (Credit: Kashim Shettima)

Education

Shettima urges academics to chart course for secure, prosperous Nigeria

Mr Shettima lauded the contributions of academics to national unity, adding that through their work, a more secure and prosperous country was possible.