IGP queries police lawyer who dragged EndSARS panels to court

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has distanced himself from a suit seeking to halt EndSARS panels nationwide.

The panels were, in the wake of widespread anti-police protests, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari and instituted by state governors to probe allegations of police brutality.

But the police, reports had it on Thursday, approached a court in Abuja to stop the panels.

Following public outcry, Adamu “directed immediate investigations into a suit purportedly challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry, investigating allegations by citizens against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),” police spokesperson Frank Mba said in a statement on Thursday night.

“The IGP, who gave the order on the heels of trending reports in the media, today 3rd December, 2020, expressed the disapproval of the Force Management Team on the matter and ordered investigations into the alleged role of the Force Legal Section including its Head.

“Meanwhile, the Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if found guilty of dereliction of duty.

“The IGP reiterates the commitment of the Force to fulfilling all its obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing Judicial Panels and all other police reforms.”

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