Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra, the state’s governor, has directed the state’s attorney general to request and evaluate all case files involving claims of violations of human rights handled by Police Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo, and the Rapid Reaction Squad (RRS), Awkuzu.
This follows several reports of unlawful incarceration, extrajudicial killings, and the harvesting of human organs reportedly carried out by members of both groups.
The governor said in a statement issued through his press secretary, Christian Aburime, that news reports about alleged criminal activity by some police officers in Zone 13, Ukpo, had caught his notice.
Soludo revealed that an investigation into the reports has been launched by the police’s IGP.
“Preliminary inquiry has revealed that the Inspector General of Police has set up a Special Investigation Panel to investigate the allegations at the end of which a report would be issued.
“In the meantime, I have requested the Attorney General of Anambra State to immediately call for, and review all the files of cases on allegations of commission of offences created by the laws of our State, being handled by the said RRS.
“This will enable the Attorney General to give such directions or take such necessary legal actions in line with section 211 of the Constitution and sections 148, 149 and 150 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Anambra State 2022,” he said.
The governor assured the citizenry that his government is monitoring the situation and that if anyone is found guilty, justice would be served.
He subsequently called for calm on the part of the public pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“My administration has zero tolerance for criminality and will always allow the rule of law to reign supreme at all times while ensuring that justice is meted to those who deserve it,” he added.