The Nigeria Police Force has applied to withdraw its suit praying for an order stopping the various states’ judicial panels of enquiry probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of brutality of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In a notice of discontinuance filed by Mr. Festus Ibude, a police counsel, the Force said it wished to withdraw the suit against all the defendants.
The police had in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020, filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, sought to quash the panels across all states, describing them as unconstitutional.
Police lawyers, led by Oyetola Atoyebi (SAN), said states had no powers to hear allegations of wrongdoings against police officers, noting that only the Nigeria Police Force could handle personnel issues.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a statement signed by the force public relations officer, however, expressed his disapproval of the suit and ordered an investigation.
Mr. Adamu insisted that the force is committed to fulfilling all its obligations with regard to the disbandment of the defunct sars, adding that the officer responsible for the suit has been queried and may be sanctioned “if found guilty of dereliction of duty”.