16 SARS operatives indicted for killings in five states –Presidential panel

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Sixteen operatives of the disbanded Special Anti – Robbery Squad have been indicted for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance in five states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Saturday PUNCH reports that the 16 operatives were recommended for prosecution by the Presidential Panel on the Special Anti – Robbery Squad.

The report was submitted to the President, Major – General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd), on June 3, 2019.

It was recently submitted to the Police Service Commission, the Inspector -General of Police and the office of the Attorney General of the Federation in the wake of the #EndSARS protests , for prosecution and disciplinary actions.

The report indicted a total of 35 police operatives in 12 states and the FCT for various rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, death in police custody, unlawful arrest, biased investigation, unlawful intimidation, harassment, criminal assault, torture, cruelty , inhuman and degrading treatment, threat to life, extortion and confiscation of property, among others.

Aside from the FCT, the 12 states where the indicted officers allegedly perpetrated the recorded rights violations are Akwa Ibom, Benue, Delta, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, and Rivers.

Analysis of the report by our correspondent showed that 16 of the 35 indicted officers were accused of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance in five states and the FCT.

The five states are, Lagos, Kaduna, Imo, Delta and Enugu.

State, with seven officers indicted for extrajudicial killings, had the highest number of confirmed cases of violation of the right to life , followed by Abuja with five.

For Imo, those indicted for extrajudicial killings among other allegations, including unlawful arrest and detention, threats to life, are ASP Columbus Aniozor, Inspector Nwachukwu, Inspector Ndidi Nwaneri, Inspector Femi, CSP Godfrey Ogbeide Victor ( OC SARS, Imo), ASP Banjoko ( OC SARS, Akokowa , Imo State ) and Corporal Echara Alice.

The five indicted for extrajudicial killings in Abuja are Inspector Augustine Nwobodo, Sgt Nuhu Shuaibu , Cpt Mohammed Tetengi, Inspector Dennis Matthew and ASP Felix Onuoha

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