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Police seek justice for murdered operatives during #EndSARS protests

A Divisional Police Officer in Abuja, Mrs. Olabisi Daves wants the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC to ensure that murdered police officers during the #EndSARS protests in 2020 get justice.

Mrs. Daves who is the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Life Camp Police Station in the FCT, Abuja made the appeal during the inauguration of Police Station Visitor’s Week by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The DPO who Conducted management and staff of the Commission round its detention facility, sought to know what the right agency was doing to bring justice to the slained officers and their distressed loved ones.

She Expressed worry that the rights of suspects were often prioritize over that of officers who sometimes fall victims in the course of duty.

Responding, a representative of the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu, Mr. Yakubu said addressing human rights violations, be it of citizens or police officers remained the commission’s core mandate.

Mr. Ojukwu said the Commission was already tidying up recommendations from the Independent Investigative Panel on alleged human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS which would bring about holistic reform in the police and enhance their welfare as well as work environment.

He gave an assurance that individuals fingered in the killings of police officers would be brought to justice.

Reports indicate that six police officers were killed in Lagos during the Endsars protest, while 36 were critically injured and 46 police stations burnt.

The police visitors week in furtherance of the commission’s mandate to carryout periodic audit of places of detention across the country, to ensure that human rights standard was upheld.

Reporting by Bose Ijelekhai; Editing by Tina Oyinsan