Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello sets up judicial panel on police brutality, extra-judicial acts

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has inaugurated a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to receive complaints of Police brutality, abuse of human rights and other unwholesome as well as extrajudicial acts particularly by the disbanded Special Anti -Robbery Squad (SARS) from any person or groups within the state with a view to delivering justice for all victims.

A statement signed Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Gov. Sani Bello, and made available to SummitNews, said the   inauguration which took place at the Government House in Minna, the state capital, followed the recommendation by the National Economic Council (NEC)  to all state governors, to set up judicial Panels of Inquiry to hear complaints and ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their respective states.

Terms of Reference include: to investigate any complaints of Police brutality, abuse of human rights and other extrajudicial acts by the disbanded SARS; to determine the nature of the acts of brutality, and level of violation of Human Rights committed by the dissolved squad.

The Panel is also to; make recommendations on positive reforms to be taken and policies to be developed and implemented to ensure that acts that may have led to violations are prevented in future among others 

The governor, however, said he may amend the terms of reference at anytime as it might be published in the State Gazette.

The team is expected to submit its report in one month time but subject to review, pointing out that they are to receive and investigate complaints from the inception of the SARS.

While congratulating members of the Panel on their appointment, the governor challenged them to be thorough, diligent and fair to all including the Police so as to ensure that justice is served to all parties without any bias.

The fourteen man Panel is headed by Justice Ishaku Usman, with Abdulrahim Tariq, as Secretary.

Responding, the Chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry Justice Ishaku Usman, appreciated Gov. Sani Bello for the opportunity given them to serve, and assured that with the calibre of people constituting the Panel, the desired objectives would be achieved.

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