Following the recent suit by the police legal department at the federal high court in Abuja through its counsel, O.M Atoyebi, arguing that the establishment of panels violates the constitution and section 21 of the tribunals of inquiry act.
The inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered an investigation f the suit challenging the legality of the judicial panels set up by state governors to probe allegations of police brutality and human rights abuses.
In a statement post on its Twitter page, the IGP said the officer responsible for the suit has been queried and may be sanctioned “if found guilty of dereliction of duty.”
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni 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 SARS.”
“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 reform.”