NHRC’s 11 Man Panel To Probe Police Rights Violations 

Richard Ginika Izuora

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, October 21, inaugurated an 11-member Independent Investigative Panel (IIP); to probe allegations of human rights violations against the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigeria Police Force.

Inaugurating the panel, the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu named Justice Suleiman Galadima, JSC (Rtd) as chairman; Abdulrahaman Yakubu representing NHRC, representatives of Civil society, Dr Lydia Umar and Dr Uju Agomoh.

Others members are representatives of the youth, Mr Mubarak Mijinyawa (speaker Nigerian Youth Parliament); representatives of Police Service Commission, Mr Tijani Mohammed.

Also on the panel are representatives of Nigerian Police Force, Ibrahim Larmode; NBA, John Aikpokpo-Martin and Dr Garba Tetegi, SAN while the Secretary to the panel is Mr Hillary Ogbonna.

“Today marks another epoch-making event to address part of the concerns of Nigerians evidenced by the demands of the protesters to hold erring SARS.

“The panel is set up to investigate allegations of human rights violations and abuse of power by defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian Police Force (Section6 (a) of NHRC.

”Make a determination as to the damages or compensation payable in relation to any violation human rights; refer any matter of human rights violations requiring prosecution” he said.

Ojukwu added that the panel would also make recommendations to the federal government.

He invited members of the public to submit petitions or memoranda to the IIP on allegations of human rights violations by members of SARS.

”The call for memoranda has been published in three national dailies on the Authority Newspaper, Daily Trust as well as Vanguard.

”The call remains open until Nov. 2, 2020.

”While waiting for the public complaints; the panel may wish to commence its sittings by the public already filed by the public at NHRC,” he said.

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