Establish state Police – Presidential Panel advises

A panel constituted by the President on the reform of special anti-robbery squad (SARS) has recommended the establishment of state and local government police to tackle the rising insecurity in the country.

The committee submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday.

The panel, was led by Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, was constituted as a result of public outcry on the “human rights violations perpetrated by officers and men of SARS”.

The panel also recommended for a significant improvement in the funding, kitting and facilities of the police force, and strengthening of the information and communication technology of the force.

It called for the institutionalising of a special investigation panel to annually hear and determine complaints on alleged human rights violations against operations of the police.