The Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) has constituted an 11-man panel to research allegations of rights violations by police personnel.
A press release by NHRC’s spokesperson, Fatimah Agwai Mohammed gave the title of the Chairman of the panel as Justice Suleiman Galadima, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court docket.
Different members embrace a former Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde (now a Deputy Inspector Basic – DIG); Abdulrahaman Yakubu; Yemi Ademolakun; Chioma Chuka; Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa; Tijani Mohammed; Dr. Uju Agomoh; Dr. Garba Tetengi, (SAN); Feyikemi Abudu; John Aikpokpo Martins and Hilary Ogbonna (as Secretary).
A part of the assertion reads: “In step with the Nationwide Human Rights Fee’s mandate and in response to the nationwide agitation by some Nigerian youth teams below the auspices of Finish SARS, the NHRC has constituted an 11-man Unbiased Investigative Panel (IIP) to look into allegations of human rights violations in opposition to the defunct SARS and different items of the power.
“The Committee headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court docket, Justice Suleiman Galadima will hear petitions, complaints, and memoranda from Nigerians throughout the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, and thereafter make suggestions to the federal authorities on how greatest to reform SARS and different items of the Police power.
“The Government Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq. who made this recognized in Abuja Friday night famous that the phrases of reference of the Panel embrace, examine all complaints of human rights violations in opposition to SARS and different items of the Police power, make applicable suggestions as per the damages and compensations to be paid to the victims of Police brutality.
“In addition to, the panel is given the powers to refer any matter, in the midst of their task to the Legal professional Basic of the Federation, or that of a State for prosecution in accordance with the regulation.
“The panel is empowered as nicely to make suggestions to authorities on measures to be taken in respect of operatives of defunct SARS or officers of the Nigerian Police Drive, if any, present in violation of human rights of residents and suggest remedial steps that will improve the skilled conduct of defunct SARS operatives, any succeeding unit and different members of the Nigerian Police Drive and some other suggestions that could be thought of applicable.
“Ojukwu additionally disclosed that every one petitions, complaints, and memoranda should attain the Fee, which is the Secretariat of the Panel on or earlier than 31 October 2020.”