Senate Calls For Investigation Into Human Rights Abuses, Brutality By Security Agencies
The Senate has mandated the committee on judiciary ,human rights and legal matters to investigate human rights abuses by the security agencies.
This was sequel to the consideration of a motion by senator Oluremi Tinubu on the need to check culture of arbitrariness and brutality of the security operatives by Nigerians.
Senator Tinubu in her motion alleged that the reoccurring incidents of attacks by the Security Operatives on Nigerians have been on the increase.
According to her, chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution, provides for Rights to life to freedom from inhumane or degrading treatment.
She reminded her colleagues that Nigeria membership to the African chatter on human and peoples right, and many conventions have not helped in stemming the tide of abuses on Nigerians by Security operatives.
She alleged that the activities of the Special Anti Robbery Squad needs to be checked to bring succor and justice to Nigerians.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, while commenting on the recent activities and extrajudicial killings by men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those involved.
According to him, any security personnel involved in the killing of innocent Nigerians must be made to face the full weight of the law.
“I think that this is a situation that should be properly investigated. The recent incident should not be swept under the carpet.
“Those involved in the recent incident should be arrested and prosecuted. There are good people in all the security agencies just as there are had people.
“Scrapping of agencies might not be the right thing to do. Rule of law should be the guiding principle. If anyone does the wrong thing, they must be prepared to face the consequences.
“Like some of us indicated, there are good elements in SARS, and they have been doing a wonderful job. If you scrap SARS for example, you lose the chance of getting those that are doing well to continue to do so.
“Anybody in SARS or any security agency that commits excesses should be prosecuted. The law should take its full course.
“It is not enough to dismiss them from service, what does the law say if he kills someone? This is not acceptable. In fact, it makes Nigeria like some of our colleagues have said, a laughing stock.
“We have the jurisdiction and constitutional mandate to review the laws governing the operations or establishment of these agencies,” Lawan said.