Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana has picked hole in the recent action of the police authorities to rein in the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
SARS officers have come in for vitriol following their maltreatment of youths in particular internet fraudsters culminating in deaths in some cases, prompting the authorities to ban them from mounting roadblocks and searching phone sets and laptops.
Falana in his capacity as the Chairman, Alliance for the Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, ASCAB, said the government and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammed are not sincere with the latest ban of the SARS, adding that it was the authorities’ default setting to act in such manner.
The lawyer said in a statement titled: ‘FG not sincere on SARS reform’.
It reads in part: “The police high command has banned SARS several times. It has become a ritual.
“SARS continues to operative under different names or structures. What we see is like removing sour wine and putting it in the same old, rusty bottles.
“Nothing remarkable has changed in the police command structure that aids all forms of repression and extra-judicial killings.”
He recalled that in 2018 the federal government against the backdrop of public outcry over the police unit men’s activities, set up a presidential panel of enquiry to investigate all complaints of human rights abuse.
The lawyer noted that many Nigerians submitted reports and memoranda and gave clear evidence of police abuse, but the recommendations had yet to be implemented.