- The presidential panel of SARS reform presents recommendations to Buhari.
- Buhari directs the formation of a three-man panel to produce the white paper.”
The Presidency has reacted to some reports that President Muhammadu has approved the creation of state and local government Police.
Idonsabi reported earlier today that the President received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from the Presidential Panel on SARS Reform, which was constituted as a result of public outcry and various media reports on allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by officers and men of the SARS.
The panel was led by the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Anthony Ojukwu.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement said the President requested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months.
“President Buhari’s specific directive is that a three-man panel be set up to produce the white paper.”
According to Shehu, the report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel.
“Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole.