The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has inaugurated an Independent Investigative Panel (IIP) on the allegations of human rights violations by the defunct SARS, to complement the work of the State Judicial Panels.
This disclosure was made in a press release by the NHRC, after the inauguration event which took place at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
UPDATE on Police Reforms & Accountability: @NhrcNigeria has inaugurated an Independent Investigative Panel on the allegations of human rights violations by the defunct SARS, to complement the work of the State Judicial Panels. The Panel commences sitting tomorrow, Wed Nov 4, 2020 pic.twitter.com/kU7x1LSeqW
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) November 3, 2020
The statement partly reads:
“National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has inaugurated an Independent Investigative Panel on the allegations of human rights violations by the defunct SARS, to complement the work of the State Judicial Panels. The Panel commences sitting tomorrow, Wed Nov 4, 2020.”
At the event which took place at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq., highlighted other areas the panel would look into.
The Panel, chaired by Justice Suleiman Galadima, has already started receiving petitions, ahead of the commencement of sitting tomorrow. However, in the course of its duties, the Panel will also visit SARS, State CID & FCID facilities in Abuja and nationwide.
What you should know
Following the nationwide protests against police brutality, tagged #EndSARS, one of the demands of the protesters was an establishment of a panel of judicial enquiry to try officers who have been involved in cases of human rights abuses and to give justice to victims and their families.
In this vein, states (including Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and others) have taken necessary steps to make this a reality, by going forward to set up states judicial panel.
Justice Galadima, who spoke on behalf of members of the panel promised to do a thorough job. Other members of the Panel are:
- Civil Societies – Dr. Lydia Umar and Dr. Uju Agomoh.
- Representative of the National Human Rights Commission – Mr. Abdulrahman Yakubu (Director, Civil and Political Rights).
- Representative of Nigerian Youths – Mr. Mubarak Mijinyawa (Speaker Nigerian Youth Parliament) .
- Representative of the Police Service Commission – Mr. Tijani Mohammed (Director Investigation).
- Representative of Nigeria Police Force – Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde (AIG Intelligence).
- Representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association – John Aikpokpo Martin (1st Vice President NBA) and Dr. Garba Tetengi SAN, Mni.
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#EndSARS Sanctions: Nigeria has reached out to the UK Government – Foreign Minister
Onyeama has stated that the FG has reached out to the UK Government over the parliamentary debate on the #EndSARS protests.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said that the Nigerian Government has reached out to the UK Government over the parliamentary debate on the #EndSARS protests.
The Minister disclosed this to Newsmen at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Thursday, which was recorded by Channels TV.
He added that the UK Parliament did not speak for the UK government, and that the UK had heard the Nigerian government’s side regarding the incident at Lekki.
“On the issue of the UK parliament, yes, we have reached out to the UK government on this question. The meeting that took place was of Parliamentarians, they don’t speak for the UK government and the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom has also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that happened.
“So we are in touch with them and engaging with them. But, of course, as in any democracy, the Members of Parliament are able to also air their views, but what is important is that a balanced picture is made available to them all before they take any decision,” Onyeama said.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported earlier this week that the British Parliament had announced it would consider a petition by some groups and individuals, asking it to apply sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials for alleged human rights violations during the #EndSARS protest and Lekki shooting incident.
Also, the presidency earlier disclosed that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, had a meeting with the UK Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs, Nick Dyer, accompanied by the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria.
#EndSARS: States affected by violence should get 1% VAT – Senate
The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government to give states that were affected by lootings and destruction by hoodlums after the anti-police brutality protests, 1% of all Value Added Tax (VAT).
This motion was moved by Senators Abiodun Olujimi and Gershom Bassey on Tuesday and disclosed in a report by Channels TV.
What you should know
After the lootings and destruction by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests, Nairametrics reported that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Lagos State will need about N1 trillion for the reconstruction and repair of the properties and infrastructure that was vandalized in the process.
The Senators moving the motion declared that destruction caused in Lagos by hoodlums was valued at a range of over N1 trillion by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Senator Gershom Bassey also revealed that hoodlums attacked federal properties in Calabar like the WAEC office and looted food warehouses in the state.
“Cross River State being a predominantly Civil Service State may not overcome the effects of the invasion since the destroyed state infrastructure were built from lean state resources over the years,” Bassey disclosed.
Senator Sani Musa said the lootings which started in Lagos spread to other states, leading to the destruction of properties and urged for the FG’s assistance.
“#EndSARS came as a peaceful protest, but turned violent. It started in Lagos and later spread to other states which led to the destruction of homes, businesses, and government offices. It is very unfortunate. The government needs to rebuild what was destroyed and pay compensation as well. It is their responsibility,” Musa said.