The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday has ordered the arrest and prosecution of any SARS operative who has been involved in any recent killings of innocent Nigerians across the country.
Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan made this order while ruling on the resolution moved by a motion by Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Senator Tinubu in her motion drew the attention of her colleagues to the recent raft of extra-judicial killings and the rampant abuse of human rights by SARS operatives.
The Senat President said mere dismissal of an overzealous and reckless operative was just not enough but must face the full wrath of the law.
He said, “Those who are involved in the recent killings of innocent Nigerians should be arrested and prosecuted.
“Scrapping the SARS now may not be the best option because the nation may lose the best hands in the agency while trying to do away with the bad eggs among them.
“The dismissal of the bad ones among them is not also enough. Offenders must be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.”
The red chamber also mandated its committee on Police, Judiciary and Human Rights to probe human rights abuses of Nigerians by SARS operatives in the last few years.
The chamber asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to establish a special unit that will constantly investigate and monitor the conduct of SARS operatives.
It also directed the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force to utilise part of its trust fund to trains its operatives.