NHRC panel ends hearing on SARS Monday
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.