The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmad Abdurrahman, has disclosed that the detention facility of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS in Enugu state is now empty and currently with no prison inmates.
The Police Commissioner disclosed this on Monday when the Enugu state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi visited the SARS office in the state to confirm whether the facility was shutdown as regards to the IGP directive.
The Governor who was accompanied by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Miletus Eze and his Information counterpart, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh was taken round the facilities by the Police CP, Abdurrahman.
The Police CP while addressing the Governor and his accomplices noted that prior to the disbanding the SARS operatives by the IGP, there were only 11 suspects in the SARS, 1 was on court order and has been sent to correction center, while the remaining 10 are under investigation by the police.
In His Words:
“Today, we don’t have SARS in Enugu; the Chief Detective of the State, a Deputy Commissioner of Police has taken over the cases;
“By the day that the unit was disbanded, they had 11 suspects, out of the 11, one was based on court order, while 10 are being investigated.
“The one that was on court order, we returned him to court and he has been taken to Correctional Centre, then the 10, five of them have been taken to court this morning and the remaining 5, investigation of their cases is still pending. It is investigated by men of the State Criminal Investigation Department.
“Having said this, I want to reiterate that there is now an empty cell here; the unit is no more,” he disclosed.
In his remark, the State Attorney General, Mr. Eze disclosed that the Judicial Panel of Inquiry recently constituted by Gov. Ugwuanyi to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings, as demanded by the protesters, will be inaugurated on Wednesday.