Today the IG of Police & @NhrcNigeria convened a stakeholders’ forum to discuss & agree on implementation of recommendations of the Presidential Panel earlier established on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). (Panel concluded work before SARS dissolution hence the name)

For me the most interesting highlights here include the following:

1. A formal acknowledgment of receipt of the #5for5 agenda of the End SARS movement (Item 1.64).
2. An acknowledgment of the need for “psychological evaluation, training and retraining of disbanded SARS officials prior to re-deployment.” (Item 6)
3. Five (5) Technical Sub-Committees (CSO-supported) being set up, to design workplans for implementation of the Police Reform Report:

a. Training, Capacity and Re-orientation

b. Logistics: Infrastructure, Communications and Tech

c. Arrest, Detention, and Investigations
3 (cont’d):

d. Regulations, Oversight and Accountability

e. Financing and Partnerships

Those are the five Sub-Committees being constituted to create workplans for the implementation of the Reforms.
4. @NhrcNigeria has been asked to set up an Independent Investigation Panel to look into human rights violations by the defunct SARS and other segments of the NPF—WITHIN THE NEXT ONE WEEK. An open call for Memoranda from members of the public will be released WITHIN ONE WEEK.
5. There’s an acknowledgment, from the meeting, that the public has lost a great deal of confidence and trust in the Police, and it is very important for the Police to find and implement ways to restore this trust.

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