A report released by the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law on Friday in Awka, Anambra State has indicted the police for the killing and dumping of about 35 corpses inside the Ezu River, Amansea in the state in 2013.
The rights group alleged that the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Anambra State Police command was responsible for the homicide.
In the report entitled “The Untold Story Of Ezu River Police SARS Killings, the group said there was the need to highlight the activities of the outfit (SARS), following their continued killing of Nigerian youths in the name of fighting crime.
The report signed by the Chairman Board of Trustees of INTERSOCIETY, Emeka Umeagbalasi, condemned the use of force, torture and other unapproved ways to extract information from suspects.
The report was addressed to several authorities including the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Amnesty International among others.
Dead bodies numbering about 35 had on 19th January 2013 been discovered floating on Ezu river, on the boundary between Anambra and Enugu States.
INTERSOCIETY said it decided to revisit the matter because of “increasing, shocking, saddening and alarming rate of torture and killing being perpetrated by the police.
It said, “Many of the arrested and detained citizens by the Anambra Police SARS operatives in the course of their so-called combating of violent crimes of armed robbery and kidnapping in the State were butchered like animals.