- The Nigerian government is set to probe allegations of brutality by officers in the controversial police unit SARS
- NHRC revealed its list of panel members that will look into the complaints against police officers and also make recommendations to government on reforms
- The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has already disbanded the unit but the government is pressing forward with more sweeping reforms
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has set up a panel to look into allegations of brutality raised against members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the now-defunct police unit.
Channels TV reports that the Commission revealed a list of members of the probe panel on Friday, October 16 in Abuja.
The NHRC itself is an independent rights body set up by the National Human Rights Commission Act of 1995 which was amended in 2010.
The work of the Commission includes investigating and monitoring rights violations in the country as well as helping the Nigerian government with the formulation of human rights policies.
The NHRC panel announced on Friday will be headed by a retired Supreme Court justice Suleiman Galadima.
List of members:
1. Abdulrahaman Yakubu
2. Yemi Ademolakun
3. Chioma Chuka
4. Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa
5. Tijani Mohammed
6. Dr. Uju Agomoh
7. DIG Ibrahim Lamorde
8. Dr. Garba Tetengi
9. Feyikemi Abudu
10.John Aikpokpo Martins
According to the report, the people on the list will not only spearhead investigations into the complaints against former SARS officers, they would also recommend to the Nigerian government how best to reform the police unit and the Nigeria Police Force in general.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that not fewer than 37 police officers who belong to the now-disbanded controversial SARS unit would be given the marching order.
This was contained in the report of the special presidential panel set up by the federal government in 2018 on reform of the controversial and dreaded unit.
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Friday also apologised to all Nigerian because of what he described as government's slow response to their cries for police reforms.
He assured that the government is doing all possible to resolve all the complaints of EndSARS protesters who are on the streets once and for all.
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