Alleged Brutality: Police IG faults Amnesty Int’l report | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has described a recent Amnesty International report alleging torture in Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) detention cells as bias and unfortunate.

Similarly, the IGP claimed that the police management was not given room to air their side of the story before Amnesty rushed rushed to foreign media.

A new report by the International agency alleged that the elite Nigerian police squad (SARS) set up to combat violent crime tortures detainees to extract lucrative bribes and confessions.

According to the report, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad demands bribes, steals and extorts money from criminal suspects and their families and is “fomenting a toxic climate of fear and corruption.

Reacting to the report in Abuja on Wednesday, IGP Idris‎ said the Amnesty International has taken a bias position against the Nigerian Police Force, adding that the report did not reflect the position of the Police.

‎While alleging that the Force was not given a chance to respond to the allegations in the report before it was made public, the IGP explained that recently, Amnesty International and other Civil Society Groups requested to inspect SARS detention facilities and other police detention centres across the country and were allowed to do so only for them to say the cells were prearranged and kept clean because they were coming.

However, IGP Idris warned police commanders and other senior officers to ensure their officers and men operate within international best practices as the Police will not tolerate any action that would bring embarrassment to the Force.

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  1. After Lie Mohamadu,the next people that drinks lies like water are Police officers....Lie Mohamade remains number ONE lier in the whole world.

  2. The IGP is just being very unrealistic. Rather than accept the report and seek for ways to curb future occurences, he is refuting it. This report was in April by the way. Just this month, on the 1st precisely, I visited Enugu and was a witness to a live torture of purported criminals by these same SARS boys, just by the roadside on a very busy road with by-standers watching, most of whom were under-aged. It is a pity.

  3. I didn't expect the police IG not to deny the allegations, the corruption in that organisation is out of this world, they don't just steal and torture, they kill too. Instead of this man to make efforts in addressing the issues, he talking rubbish. You also see policemen on our roads checking vehicle papers as if that's their primary purpose, if all the energies used in checking cars documents are channelled into investigating the piles of unsolved cases at the various stations, Nigeria would be a slightly better place, but the decadence their is unimaginable. What a shame

  4. Oga IG,that's a fat lie coming from you...the report is very true,my friend had an experience with them,and so many other people...just the mention of SARS instills fear in people...they are babaric, and also evil...


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