The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has insisted on the full implementation of reports of the Judicial Panels on Inquiry set up across the country to probe brutality by the disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje who stated this in a statement: “#EndSARS Anniversary: Justice must not be delayed” to mark one year anniversary of #EndSARS , reiterated the necessity of the protests to reject impunity and unchecked police brutality.
NAS gave kudos to civil society organisations that diligently monitored the activities of the Judicial Panels of Inquiry, noting however the “total disappointment at how shoddily a lot of the states’ judicial panels of inquiry have gone about their sworn duties.”
“This is clearly unacceptable, and only goes to underscore the general contempt with which people in authority at different levels hold Nigerians. It reinforces the widely held opinion that the government did not seize the many learning opportunities from the events of the past one year,” Owoaje said.
“We demand that the reports of all the Judicial Panels of Inquiry be made public. States that are yet to comply must be made to do so in order for citizens to seek redress over sundry injustices they have suffered at the hands of the police and other law enforcement agencies.
“We insist on the full implementation of all recommendations, and in cases where applicable, internal discipline and prosecution of culpable officers. Any agent of the state found to have committed acts of illegality must be identified and sanctioned appropriately.
“We expect all citizens who have been victims of brutality from either the police or other law enforcement agents to receive adequate monetary compensation.”
The organisation commended states that have set up the Victims Compensation Funds and called on government to ensure justice is serve to all those that suffered one form of brutality or the other.
“The #EndSARS protests presented a glorious opportunity for fundamental reforms of the police and the judicial system. Failure to pursue this course with a patriotic sense of duty and responsibility will further entrench the rule of the jungle which has largely characterised the relationship between law enforcement agents and the citizens that they are paid to protect.
The government must understand that justice needs to be served and timely too. Justice must not be delayed.”