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Extra-judicial killings: Mark wants commission to try police

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, yesterday, advocated for the establishment of independent bodies within the Police and other security agencies to address alleged wanton abuse of human rights by security operatives in the country.

Senator Mark, who said this at a lecture on security and human rights organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, also advocated for a complete overhaul of the Police.

He said the nation’s human rights’ rating by international organisations has been very poor in recent times because of the many unresolved cases of extra-judicial killings associated with the police and other security agencies.

He said, “At the moment the public can only report the police to the police, arrangement that goes against the basic democratic tenet of check and balance. I also believe that it is high time Nigeria established an independent body to investigate complaints against members of the security agencies, like the Independent Police Complaint Commission, IPCC, in Britain, and the Independent Advisory Panel on Death in Custody, IAP, which will look into every single case of death in custody.

“If such bodies were in existence in Nigeria, some of the embarrassing cases which we are struggling to explain to the UN Special Procedures would have been handled much better than by an Ad Hoc Panel.”


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