The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have filed a suit to stop the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governors to probe allegations of police brutality by men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The NPF in the suit filed through their lawyer, Mr. O. M. Atoyebi, argued that the state governments lacked the power to set up panels to investigate activities of the police force.
The force also urged the court to restrain the Attorneys-General of the 36 states of the federation and their various panels of inquiry from going ahead with the probe on police impunity.
The police in the suit filed described the probe as a “violation of the provisions of Section 241 (1)(2) (a) and Item 45, Part 1, First schedule, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Section 21 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act, Cap.T21, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
The force also stated that only the Federal Government had exclusive power to control and administer the Nigeria Police Force.
It was observed that the case, which was scheduled for December 3, was rescheduled for December 18 as the court did not sit.