Nigerian Human Rights Commission investigates SARS

Peter Bahago, Abuja


The National Human Right Commission in Nigeria, NHRC says it has commenced investigation into alleged issues of torture committed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police in the southern parts of the country.

National Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mr Anthony Ojukwu stated this at an event to commemorate the 2018 UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in Abuja, Nigeria

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary said that the Commission has carried out fact-finding visit to SARS detention facilities across the country also, conducted public hearing on the operations of the agency in response to complaint received from Nigerians on the activities of SARS and  appropriate sanctions will be taken based on the finding.

According to Mr Ojukwu, “over the years, the violation of the right to freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment has remained one of the highest recorded by Law Enforcement Agent.”

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, represented by Dayo Apata stated that the right from freedom of torture is non-negotiable.

He added that the application of torture to extract confession from suspects or as a way of punishment is illegal.

“Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person hence, no person shall be subjected to torture or degrading treatment as enshrined by the Nigerian constitution” he stated.