By Ugo Egbujo
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) Yes , I don’t think SARS should be executed.
Crime control in a crime infested community would entail excesses. Nearly everybody gets away with crime here. We can’t let armed robbers and kidnappers get away.
Violent criminals would get away at a huge cost to the society. They won’t just commit more crimes. They would exact bloody revenges on policemen, witnesses, judges and victims. Sometimes SARS takes the law into its hands so that the law doesn’t become a footmat for violent criminals
But we can’t let SARS constitute itself into a nightmare for everybody.
SARS should be reformed. But it cannot be reformed without an external audit. The atrocities committed by SARS show a cultural defect in the police. The rot is deep and extensive.
The repair must be radical surgery. The decision by the Police to reform SARS in wake of the call for its scrapping is a face saving, self serving, pretentious. A cosmetic on a deep dirty wound.
The government needs to urgently constitute a judicial panel on SARS. Victims would be invited to publicly air their injuries. Victims of SARS brutality must be compensated. All evidence must be collated. Identified erring police officers must be sacrificed.
Big scandals take heads, naturally. If we can’t get sufficient small heads, then the I.G must become the sacrificial lamb.
The audit would involve assessment of processes and procedures. It would involve evaluation of crime fighting trainings, equipment and philosophy. Particular attention must be paid to forensics.
The police treat forensics as science fiction.
That’s sad. That’s why they rely on brutality to secure confessions. They need confessions to achieve convictions because they can’t prosecute diligently. But its not all their fault. Without forensics, without CCTVs on the streets, Without a criminal data base, without good witness protection, it’s difficult to convict violent criminals.
This soul searching would help the police, ultimately. The society would forced to see the horrible conditions of living of SARS officers. We will see that they are poorly trained. Their families would be shown all their wretchedness. And the treatment we have meted to officers who died in active duty would be shown to us.
SARS men would come to the hearing with their own grievances. The truth would be told, in whole. And perhaps a new SARS would be born
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