Monday, 20 August 2012

U-Report: Campaign For Democracy Urges Anambra State Police Commissioner To Address Human Rights Violations

Report By: Dede Uzor A. Uzor
The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has called on Mr Ballah Nasarawa, Anambra Police Commissioner to address human rights violation in Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Awkuzu.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The statement was jointly signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor and Dr. Jerry Chukwuokolo, who are the Chairman and Secretary of the group respectively.
It said that the inhuman treatment and environment at the state SARS Headquarters, Awkuzu as well as other SARS unit commands are becoming unbearable; where human beings are treated like animals.
The statement said that police officers and men attached to the office had allegedly engaged in all sorts of corrupt practices including charging between N20,000 to N50,000 for bail.
``While it is clear to every Nigerian that bail is free, however, the crop of officers and men of SARS in the state had refused to follow the directive of the Inspector-General Police,’’ it said.
The statement further said that out of the four cells in the office, which was former defunct Social Democratic Party’s office, none is fit for human habitation under any guise since a person is presumed innocent until proved otherwise by a competent court.
``In the four cells; cell 1 contains 52 men arrest through raid and other minor crimes in a small closet.
``While cell 3 and 4 contains 35 alleged hardened crimes, who had spent over two months or more without any court trail.
``Cell 2, has three female, who are living in a highly deplorable condition for a woman,’’ it said.
The statement also urged the state commissioner of police to pay the following SARS offices in the state an unscheduled visit.
``We are calling for the redeployment of Superintendent of Police James O. Nwafor to a re-fresher course in order to imbibe the professional tenets of the modern day policing,’’ it said.

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