Governor Bala Abdulkadri Mohammed of Bauchi state has inaugurated a 17 man judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the human right abuses by the Special Anti-robbery squad of the Nigeria Police force in Bauchi State .
While Inaugurating the panel at Government House Bauchi, he said that on the 5th of October 2020, many Nigerians took to the streets to protest against the brutality by the SARS unit of the police force, saying that the protest which was initially a peaceful one, aimed at initiating a reform in the police force.
According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari took some bold steps by announcing the disbandment of the SARS unit of the police and by initiating a reform in the operation of the security outfit, adding that inspite of the positive response of the president, the protest was hijacked by hoodlums, and resulted into violence, leading to attacks on innocent citizens of the country with lives and properties destroyed.
The Governor added, ” it is against this backdrop, that the president constituted a Commission of inquiry to investigate all cases of human rights abuses by the Anti-robbery squad in order to advise Government on how to introduce reforms into the police force.The president also advised all state Governors in the country to constitute similar commissions in order to compliment the efforts of the federal government”.
Bala Mohammed said the terms of reference of the panel are to receive complaints, petitions from members of the public, identify the culprits and proffer recommendations to the government, adding that the committee are to submit their report within six months. He promised that the government would implement their recommendations and prosecute the erring police officers.
He then appealed to members of the committee to bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to bear in the discharge of their assignment.
Responding on behalf of the panel, the Chairman of the judicial panel, Justice Habibu Idris Shall (Rtd) , commended Bauchi state Governor for the confidence reposed on them to serve in the panel, saying that the panel will carry out it’s assignment after which it will submit it’s findings to the state government.
The committee has the following members: Justice Habibu Idris Shall (Rtd. High Court Judge) as Chairman, CP. Hamisu Makama (Rtd) Member, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State Chapter Member, Barr. Jibrin S. Jibrin, Civil Society Groups, Bauchi State as Member and representative of Human Rights Commission Bauchi State Office (NHRC) as Member.
Others are: representative of FIDA, Bauchi State Office as Member, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State as Member, representative of Jama’atul Nasrul Islam (JNI) Bauchi State Chapter as Member, representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi State – Member, representative of National Council of Women Society, Bauchi State (NCWS) – Member, representative of National Youth Council of Nigeria Bauchi State -Member, representative of NACCIMA, Bauchi State as Member, representative of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, Bauchi State as Member and representative of Miyetti Allah MACBAN.