- The move by Nigerian governors to set up panels of inquiry that will try security officers on brutality has gotten a major boost
- The NBA president, Olumide Akpata, on Sunday, November 1, said that the governors have the right to make the decision
- However, Apata noted that the panels can only go as far as recommending necessary actions to judicial authorities after presenting evidence and facts from trials
The president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has supported the resolve of governors to set up panels of inquiry to preside over cases of brutality against citizens on the part of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In his view, Akpata said that an argument against the move of Nigerian governors in the regard will be contrary to the position of the association, Channels TV reports.
According to the NBA president, the governors have every right and are backed up by the law to set up such panels of enquiry which will determine whether or not the now-disbanded SARS went beyond their limit in carrying out their responsibilities.
He said it will also determine if the claims by some nationals on how they were illegally mistreated by SARS operatives are true.
“We are of the view that those panels are well-constituted, and, in some states, members of the Nigerians Bar Association have been invited to be on those panels.”
As to whether the panels have the power to punish any officer found guilty, the NBA boss said that going by the nature of their composition, they can only go as far as making recommendations to judicial authorities based on established facts and evidence.
Meanwhile, the management of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) had expressed readiness to show the footage of the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate by soldiers.
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