#Endsars: NHRC Constitutes 11-man panel to probe rights violations by police

NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission has constituted an 11-man Independent Investigative Panel to look into allegations of human rights violations against the defunct SARS and other units of the force.

This Follows the nationwide agitations by some Nigerian youth groups under the auspices of #EndSARS.

The Committee headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima will hear petitions, complaints and memoranda from Nigerians across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, and thereafter make recommendations to the federal government on how best to reform SARS and other units of the Police force.

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The Executive Secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu said the Panel is given the powers to refer any matter, in the course of their assignment to the Attorney General of the Federation, or that of a State for prosecution in accordance with the law.

The panel is also empowered to make recommendations to government on measures to be taken in respect of operatives of defunct SARS or officers of the Nigerian Police Force or any succeeding unit and other members of the Nigerian Police Force .

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Other members of the Panel include the former Secretary of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde,
Abdulrahaman Yakubu, Yemi Ademolakun, Chioma Chuka, Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, Tijani Mohammed, Uju Agomo, Garba Tetengi, SAN, Feyikemi Abudu, Aikpokpo Martins, and Hilary Ogbonna as the Secretary of the Panel.

Ojukwu also disclosed that all petitions, complaints and memoranda must reach the Commission on or before 31 October, 2020.

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