Amnesty Worldwide has accused the police particular anti-robbery squad (SARS) of torturing and killing folks on at the least 82 events since January, 2017.
In a brand new report shared with TheCable on Thursday, the worldwide rights watchdog alleged that SARS makes use of torture and ill-treatment “to execute, punish and extract info” from suspects, a few of whom it mentioned find yourself lifeless.
Over time, SARS has been infamous for alleged violation of human rights in the midst of its operations which frequently depart a path of lifeless our bodies.
Amid campaigns to scrap the police unit, the police have on at the least two events mentioned it has reformed the unit — however reviews of human rights violations persist.
AI accused police authorities of failing to handle the abuse, saying no SARS official has been prosecuted. TheCable contacted Frank Mba, police spokesman, to substantiate or deny this, however he has not responded but.
The watchdog mentioned SARS’ “horrific violations had been carried out below the supervision of high-ranking cops”.
“The systemic use of torture and different ailing remedy by SARS officers for police investigations and the continued existence of torture chambers inside the Nigerian Police Power factors to an absolute disregard for worldwide human rights legal guidelines and requirements,” the organisation mentioned.
“In lots of instances, Amnesty Worldwide bore witness to the scars, bruises, and dried blood on victims’ our bodies. Lots of them had been subjected to beatings with sticks and machetes and denied medical care.
“The victims of the police unit, set as much as struggle violent crimes, are predominantly male between the ages of 18 and 35, from low-income backgrounds and susceptible teams.”
Osai Ojigho, AI nation director, mentioned: “The whole failure of Nigerian authorities to carry an finish to the gross human rights violations perpetuated by the Particular Anti-Theft Squad or to carry any SARS officer to justice is stunning and unacceptable.”
AI recounted the case of 1 Miracle who, in March 2017, was reportedly arrested and detained by SARS officers in Neni, Anambra state, after being accused of stealing a laptop computer.
“He was tortured and given hardly any meals throughout the 40 days he was in detention earlier than he was charged and introduced earlier than a court docket,” the group mentioned, quoting the sufferer as saying the cops used “all method of things to beat me, together with machetes, sticks, inflicting me with all types of accidents”.
One other sufferer, AI mentioned, was one Sunday Bang who was arrested in his house in Abuja and accused of theft.
“He was held in detention for five weeks with out entry to household, legal professionals or medical care – and was not charged in court docket,” it mentioned of Bang who “suffered bone fractures and different accidents on account of torture and different ailing remedy” whereas in SARS detention.
Ojigho decried “impunity” within the operations of the police squad, saying: “The Nigerian authorities should transcend lip service to make sure there may be actual reform inside the Nigeria Police Power with an emphasis on SARS.”