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Police unaware of suit seeking to stop Judicial Panels – IGP

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu says he is unaware of a suit filed on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) seeking to halt the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by state governors to probe police brutality.

The IGP has also queried NPF legal officer vowing to probe any police officer who is behind the said suit that was filed today in a Federal High Court on Thursday.

In a statement by police spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP stated that he was committed to the ongoing process and investigation.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has directed immediate investigations into a suit purportedly challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry, investigating allegations by citizens against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),” the statement said.

“The IGP, who gave the order on the heels of trending reports in the media, today 3rd December, 2020, expressed the disapproval of the Force Management Team on the matter and ordered investigations into the alleged role of the Force Legal Section including its Head.

“Meanwhile, the Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if found guilty of dereliction of duty.

“The IGP reiterates the commitment of the Force to fulfilling all its obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing Judicial Panels and all other police reforms.”

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