Police faults Amnesty international report on SARS

Police faults Amnesty international report on SARS

 The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday faulted Amnesty International report on the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

 Amnesty International had alleged in its report that SARS systematically tortured detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes

This is contained in a statement issued by the Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah in Abuja.

He described the report as misleading and a clear misrepresentation of facts, unverified accounts and absolute distortion of current state of SARS.

“The report is evidently the characteristic mindset and pattern of Amnesty International to deride and castigate public institutions especially in developing countries like Nigeria,“he said.

He said that the report shows the researcher’s ignorance of the rules of engagement of SARS and the laws regulating criminal investigations in the country.

Awunah said that the researcher deliberately misconstrued the cautionary words, a prerequisite for suspects to sign before voluntary statements is taken from them as “Death Warrant”.

He noted that the police in place a functional and pragmatic disciplinary measure against erring officers and men.

The spokesman said the assertion by the organisation that detainees were subjected to horrific torture methods was a fantasy of the researcher.

“The police does not tolerate or condone torture in any form.

“The Inspector-General of Police upon assumption of office conducted an audit of SARS rules of engagement and reorganised it,“he said.

He said that the police had been working with critical stakeholders in the criminal justice system to train personnel to conform to international best practices.

Awunah said that suspects in police detention facilities had unfettered access to legal practioners of  their choice.

He said that the organisation was given unguided access to the detention facilities in Abuja, Akwuzu in Anambra and Enugu upon request.

“The Nigeria police, therefore, wish to urge Nigerian and the international community to discountenance and disregard the so-called report.

“The Inspector-General of Police wishes to reassure Nigerians and the international community that the police will continue to discharge its statutory functions,“he said.

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