#EndSARS: Police withdraws suit against judicial probe panels


The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, on Friday, withdrew the suit it filed to stop various panels of enquiry that are probing allegations of impunity and rights abuses by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

The NPF withdrew the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020, two days after it was lodged before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Though the court earlier slated December 18 to hear the matter, however, the Plaintiff, through another lawyer, Mr. Festus Ibude, filed a notice of discontinuance.

The notice, read: “Take notice that the plaintiff herein intends to and doth hereby wholly withdraws its suit against all the defendants.”

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had on Thursday, disowned the suit that was lodged on behalf of the Force by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. O. M. Atoyebi.

The IGP further queried the legal section big the Force over alleged role they played in the institution of the legal action.

Adamu said the police remained committed to fulfilling all its obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing proceedings of the judicial panels, and all other police reforms.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, equally disclosed that officers that were involved in filing of the suit “may face further sanctions if found guilty of dereliction of duty”.

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