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PRESIDENTIAL PANEL VISITS SARS

Posted: 2019-01-18


The Presidential Panel on investigation of allegation of human rights violations by SARS has charged the Federal Government on the improvement of the detention facilities in the country.

The Chairman of the Panel Mr. Tony Ojukwu said that the on the spot inspection of the facilities revealed among other things, that there was inadequate feeding and lack of medical facilities for the inmates.

He also confirmed that some inmates were wrongfully detained for minor offences and have been in detention for years which resulted in congestion of the facilities. He added that there were also cases of physical torture by the Police

He therefore, advised the Police to rise-up to the challenges by using intelligence led policing to unravel some cases as this could lead to speedy prosecution of cases.

He however commended the police for some improvements recorded especially in the area of sanitation which he noted have improved. For example, he observed that SARS detention facilities now have water system toilets as against pit toilets which was the case in the past.


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