Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The National Human Rights Commission has inaugurated a seven-man Special Investigative Panel to look into the activities and make recommendations for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.
A statement sent to journalists by an official of the public relations unit of the headquarters of the NHRC in Abuja, Mr. Uche Mebrim, said the commission inaugurated the panel in line with a presidential directive.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had, while acting as the President during President Muhammadu Buhari’s 10-working-day visit to the United Kingdom, last month, expressed concerns about the allegations of human rights abuses leveled against SARS.
Osinbajo had then 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.
The NHRC said on Tuesday that it had complied with the presidential directive by inaugurating the Special Investigative Panel to look into the activities of SARS.
The statement added, “In line with the presidential directive, the commission has issued a call for memoranda in two national dailies requesting members of the public to bring forward their complaints and has also inaugurated a Special Panel of Investigation for the national assignment.”
It said that state and federal agencies of government were also requested to submit their memoranda as well as suggestions on how to reform SARS.
The agencies were also urged to make recommendations to improve policing, public safety and security in general.
According to the statement by the NHRC, the panel will sit in Abuja and the six geo-political zones of the country.
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