Ibrahim Idris, inspector general of police, has
approved the independent audit of detention cells
of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS)
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has approved the
National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) request to begin an
independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and
formations in Nigeria.
The audit would also include all detention cells of the Special Anti-
Robbery Squad (SARS). The Head, Public Complaints Rapid
Response Unit (PCRRU) of the ACP Abayomi Shogunle, made the
disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Shogunle added that the audit would enable the NHRC oversee the
human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general
audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the
“This exercise is part of the NHRC 2018 audit of police detention
centers in Nigeria,“ he said.
The NHRC had urged the Federal Government to review the pre-
trial detention system, alleging excessive use and abuse of the
practice in Nigeria.
The commission was established by the NHRC ACT, 1995 as
amended to deal with all matters relating to promotion, protection
and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.
The PCRRU was established by the police authorities in 2015 with
a mandate to receive and resolve cases of professional
misconduct brought against officers.

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