The National Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday that it was about to set up an Independent Investigation Panel to look into human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti – Robbery Squad and other segments of the Nigeria Police Force .
A statement by the commission’ s Assistant Director Public Affairs, Fatimah Mohammed , said the proposed IIP would be set up “ within the next one week ” .
The NHRC ’ s plan to set up the fresh panel came about 16 months after a presidential panel headed by the Executive Secretary of the commission , Mr Tony Ojukwu , submitted its report recommending among others, the proscription of SARS to the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd ) in March last year.
No move was made to implement the report of the panel until protests broke out in different parts of the country , demanding the disbandment of SARS and an end to police brutality in the country .
The NHRC ’ s plan to set up a fresh Independent panel came as the anti – SARS protests gained momentum and spread to other parts of the country despite the announcement of disbandment of the police unit by the Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu .
The commission said on Tuesday that the decision to set up the IIP was taken on October 12 , 2020 at a Multi – Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja organised by the Executive Secretary of the NHRC , Tony Ojukwu , and the Inspector General of Police as a follow -up to the recent SARS disbandment .