NHRC panel ends hear­ing on SARS Mon­day

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade Ade­s­o­moju, Abuja

THE Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion’s seven-man spe­cial In­ves­tiga­tive Panel set up to look into the ac­tiv­i­ties and make rec­om­men­da­tions for the re­form of the spe­cial An­tirob­bery squad of the Nige­ria Po­lice will end its pub­lic hear­ing in Abuja on Mon­day (to­day).

The fi­nal lap of the hear­ing, which had taken place in the six geopo­lit­i­cal zones in the coun­try, is to be held in Abuja, ac­cord­ing to a mes­sage by the pub­lic re­la­tions unit of the com­mis­sion.

It read, “The NHRC is hold­ing its fi­nal sit­ting on the pres­i­den­tial investigation panel on sars.

“Re­call that the panel was con­sti­tuted last year to hear and in­ves­ti­gate hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion by sars.”

The hear­ing is sched­uled to take place at the Cer­e­mo­nial Court of the High Court of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory in Maitama, Abuja by 9am on Mon­day.

Vice-pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo had, while act­ing as the Pres­i­dent dur­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s 10-work­ing-day visit to the United King­dom in Au­gust 2018, ex­pressed con­cerns about the al­le­ga­tions of hu­man rights abuses by sars.

Os­in­bajo had or­dered the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to re­form the po­lice for­ma­tion.

The Pres­i­dency had also di­rected the NHRC to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­tiv­i­ties of sars and make rec­om­men­da­tions on how to re­form it.

Though the panel was given 90 days to “sub­mit its re­port to the Fed­eral Govern­ment,” it has over­shot the pe­riod.

Mem­bers of the panel in­clude the Ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu; rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Po­lice ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Mr Ti­jani Mo­hammed; rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Pub­lic ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Mr David I. shagba; a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the civil so­ci­ety, Mr Chino Obi­agwu (SAN).

The oth­ers are a re­tired Deputy In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Hashimu Ar­gungu; and an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert on polic­ing , Prof Etan­nibi Alemika.

The sev­enth mem­ber, who is from the NHRC, Mr Ab­dul­rah­man Yakubu, served as the sec­re­tary of the panel.

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