#EndSARS report: PSC vows to investigate Police ‘misconduct’


The Police Service Commission (PSC) has pledged to investigate alleged police misconduct in the report of the Action Group on Free Civic Space in Nigeria, which was presented to the Commission in Abuja.
PSC Head, Press and Public

Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, in a press statement, Monday in Abuja, said: “The Group, led by Zikora Ibe and accompanied by Okechukwu Nwanguma and Kingsley Godwin presented a Report titled “#EndSARS: Police Brutality, Protests and Shrinking Civic Space in Nigeria”.
He said while receiving the delegation on behalf of the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, and Commissioner representing the Judiciary in the PSC, said the report was far reaching, noting that the commission would need to further investigate the serious allegations contained in it.


Justice Ogunbiyi said the report contained a lot of allegations and information which the commission would need to verify, even as she commended the group for the painstaking job.
She noted that the commission would continue to do its best to improve the workings of the Nigeria Police Force and will continue to ensure that it operates within defined rules and regulations and with respect to democratic tenets.


Earlier, the leader of delegation, Zikora Ibe, in her presentation said the group was demanding that erring Police officers of the dreaded SARS must be held accountable. 
“We urge the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Enugu state Judicial Panel of Inquiry to commit to bringing the Officers and politicians named and identified by victims in this Report to justice for their various roles in perpetrating and aiding Police brutality,” she stated.


She also demanded an investigation of alleged black-market trade of bodies murdered by SARS operatives to University teaching hospitals as cadavers for the teaching and practice of medicine in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
The group is also demanded that the capacity of oversight bodies like the Complaints Response Unit (CRU), the Police Service Commission (PSC), Ministry of Police Affairs and the NHRC, to enforce discipline in the Police should be strengthened.

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