The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has denied a damning report released by the Amnesty International accusing Nigerian police of torture.
In a press document released on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the body exposed alleged dealings of corrupt members of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who it said often subjected suspects to cruel methods of torture that include starvation, hanging, beating and mock execution as means of extracting bribes. As a result, the group called for legislation to criminalise all acts of torture in Nigeria.
It added that investigations revealed that SARS officers had in many cases stolen property from suspects or their family members during interrogation or police raids.
However, reacting to the report, the police Inspector General in an interview with Al-Jazeera claimed that the police do not engage in torture in the course of carrying out their duties.
According to Ibrahim Idris:
“Nigeria Police Force condemns in all its entity every element of torture in the conduct of police operations in this country. And we have units on the ground to check some of these excesses.”
Idris said this during an interview with Al Jazeera.
“I can assure you that in the Nigeria Police Force, we have all units. Every unit has codes of conduct, which is distributed among the officers. And we have the units that check the excesses of our officers.
“I can assure you that the Nigeria Police Force has never ever been involved in any element of torture in all its activities in the cause of their investigation all over the country.
“In reality, some of the allegations by the Amnesty International highlighted in their report, we investigated them thoroughly and came to a very definite conclusion that some of these allegations are false,” he added.
It’s either the police Oga is lying or he really has no idea what the Nigerian police has become. The last time I checked, everyone in this country knows that immediately the Nigerian police is mentioned, and SARS for that matter, what comes to your mind is terror.