NBA Backs Police Reforms

13 October 2020 by VICTORIA ABAH

The Nigeria Bar Association has warned security operatives against the use of life bullets on the #endsars protesters across the country.

The Association said the use of life bullets on innocent citizens would aggravate the already tensed atmosphere in the country.

The National President of the Association Olumide Akpata at a press Conference in Abuja was of the opinion that police men indicted for brutality against the citizenry must be dismissed from the Police Force.

He said this became me imperative to demonstrtate good faith and commitment towards ensuring accountability, restoring confidence, and sanitising the system.

Akpata announced that the NBA would make its human and other resources available to the independent investigation panel to be established by Police and the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the violations of human rights by the disbanded SARS and other segments of the nigerian police.

Besides that, the NBA demanded an expedited audit of the various SARS detention centers across the country, especially the notorious detention facilities in Awkuzu in Anambra State, the infamous human abattoir in Abuja and others in Lagos, Port Harcourt and other parts of the Country .

The Association also demanded an immediate audit of detainees in the detention camps with a view to ensuring that all Nigerians unjustly and unlawfully clamped into detention are immediately released, while those who have cases to answer must be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The NBA Chief promised that the Association would work with chief magistrates or designated magistrates across the country to pay monthly visits to police stations and other detention facilities within thier territorial divisions to direct arraignment of suspects and grant them bail in line with the newly enacted Police Act in the Fct.

Akpata further promised that the Association will set up a reform team that will work with the police and other institutions in developing a comprehensive blueprint for police reforms in Nigeria.

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