The Lagos State Police Command has begun an audit of different cells at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) with a view to check human rights abuses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the audit is not unconnected with the reports received by the Inspector-General of Police (I-G) on human rights abuses in some police stations and SARS in particular.
Some human rights groups had protested to the IG over the abuses.
Sources told NAN that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, following the report, began a tour of SARS cells before the Eid-el Fitr celebration.
The inspection, which is continuing is for him to have a first-hand assessment of the cells and suspects detained.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni (left) Governor Ambode
“The I-G got reports from human rights abuses against some police stations and SARS in particular. The officers in charge were therefore directed to get statistics of suspects in their cells.
“In Lagos State, the commissioner wants to know the number of suspects in all the cells. He wants to know when the suspects were arrested, why they were arrested and who are investigating the cases.
“The commissioner also wanted to know how far investigations have gone and how many cases have been concluded and ready to be charged to court,” a competent police source said.
Another source, however, noted that there was no big deal in auditing the cells, noting that as senior police officers in charge of stations, they must check the condition of suspects daily.
The source said that auditing the SARS cells was not a surprise, stressing that the I-G was known as “Mr Human Rights” while at the Lagos State CID, Panti.
“If there are complaints of human rights abuses against any station, be rest assured that the I-G will clear up such a mess,” the …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper