Implement report indicting disbanded SARS operatives, Wike tells IGP

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Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has received the report from the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating human rights abuses, police brutality and extrajudicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state.

The report was submitted to him by the chairman of the panel, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (retd.) at Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

Wike in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the state government had done its part by setting up the commission and would also produce the White Paper at the next meeting of the State Executive Council.

The governor challenged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the new Commissioner of Police in the state to implement the report as a proof that the Federal Government was serious about ending such police brutalities in the country.

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He said, “The truth of the matter is I am not sure the present Inspector-General of Police is out to fight insecurity. Now, he has appointed a new police commissioner for political patronage.

“If at the end of the day, we come out with the White Paper and the Attorney General sends it to the police to implement or to prosecute as the case maybe will it be implemented?

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“That is why I am challenging the IG and the new CP to make sure that they justify that the Federal Government is serious about telling states to set up judicial commission of inquiries to investigate the brutality of the police and the security agencies.”

Wike also named five members of the State Executive Council who will study the report.

The members are the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus  Adangor; Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwins, Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs. Inime Chinwenwo- Aguma, Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, and Commissioner for Energy, Dr. Peter Medee.

Uriri said the commission received 190 petitions, struck out 82 for lack of due diligence or jurisdiction and eventually considered 108 of them.

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He added, “It is our opinion that this figure represents the highest degree of total disregard of law and order by law enforcement agencies in the state.”

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