Nigeria: SARS overhaul is positive but reforms must be robust – Amnesty International
London, August 15, 2018 (AltAfrica)-International human rights organisation , Amnesty International has lauded the presidential directive to overhaul the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) but says reform must be robust to record any meaningful progress
A statement by the organisation’s Media Manager, Isa Sanusi, on Tuesday quoted its Director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, as saying the directive was proof that the growing outcry over the brutality of SARS had finally caught the attention of the country’s authorities.
Ojigho, however, stressed that although the move was a step in the right direction, the reforms must be robust to have any effect.
“This is an overdue yet hugely important move by Acting President Osinbajo. The growing outcry over the brutality of Nigeria’s notorious SARS police unit has finally got the attention of the country’s authorities.
“While this is positive news, it is crucial that any overhaul of SARS is far-reaching and immediately effective.
“Restructuring SARS is not enough unless the government takes concrete steps to protect Nigerians,” Ojigho said.