LONG OVERDUE: IGP Approves Nationwide Audit Of SARS Dungeons
THE Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has approved the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) request to begin an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria.
The audit would also include all detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abayomi Shogunle, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the audit would enable the NHRC oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the country.
Also, according to NAN, the National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Mr. Dickson Akoh, has appealed to the IG to unseal the headquarters of the corps in Jabi, Abuja.
Akoh, who said this at a news conference in Abuja yesterday, also urged stakeholders in the security sector to implore the police boss to obey the rule of law.
In another development, the IGP has directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of zones and state commands nationwide to beef up security and ensure massive deployment of police personnel to all praying grounds and other venues of celebration throughout the country to prevent crime and ensure hitch-free Sallah celebration.
In a statement by Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, the operation will cover recreation centres, public places and critical infrastructure and public utilities.