Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into alleged Acts of Violence, Torture, Brutality, Murder and Violation of Fundamental Right of Citizens by officers, Men and Operatives of Default Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS has held it’s inaugural sitting in Port Harcourt.
Chairman of the Panel, Justice CHUKWUNEYE URIRI in his inaugural address said the Commission received total number of one hundred and seventy-one Memorandum from petitioners.
Justice URIRI said their terms of reference includes to ascertain and identify the acts of acts of violence, torture, brutality, murder and violation of fundamental Right of citizens by officers and men of Nigerian Police especially operatives of default Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Justice URIRI said the Commission will also ascertain and identify the officers involved in the act, their motive of the actions and well as the victims in the act by men and officers of Nigerian Police especially, default SARS.
The Chairman of the Panel while also revealing that the commission will make recommendation to Rivers State Government and assured that the commission will ensure justice and fairness to everyone involved in the matter.
Our correspondent reports that the proper hearing which is expected to Begin hearing today with six and less petitions to be heard on daily basis will end on the 30th of December, 2020.
In the meantime, Nigerian Bar Association has charged members of the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry into the acts of violence, torture, brutality, murder and violation of fundamental Right of citizens by officers and men of Nigerian Police especially operatives of default Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS to be justice and fairness in the process.
The Chairman of Port Harcourt branch of NBA PRINCE NYEKWERE who spoke during the inaugural sitting of the panel expressed confidence on the caliber of persons involved in the Commission.
NYEKWERE said although the Port Harcourt branch of NBA has promised Pro-bono to those who may not have lawyers in the hearing, also assured their committed to ensure that the aim of the panel is achieved.
NYEKWERE regretted that the result of the #EndSARS protest was not only for police brutality but also good governance which he said need to be worked on to forestall further such protest by Nigerian youths.