By Olivia Isibor AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Governors have legal grounds to set up panels of inquiry into the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), according to the President of the Nigerian Bar Association Olumide Akpata.
The NBA Tsar said this while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, in response to the question of the legality of the panels being established by state governments to look into issues of human rights abuses by the disbanded police unit, SARS.
In his words: “I think the governors are well within their rights or the power of the law to set up those panels of enquiry for the purpose of determining whether or not the now-disbanded SARS went beyond their remit; whether or not the claims that we have from various Nigerians as to how they were mistreated or illegally treated by SARS are correct”.
According to Akpata, no arguments have been raised against the legality of the panels, adding that such arguments would contradict the position of the NBA on the matter.
“We are of the view that those panels are well-constituted, and, in some states, members of the Nigerians Bar Association have been invited to be on those panels” .
Governors in many states had set up panels after the #EndSARS protests, which held across the nation and led to the disbandment of SARS and pushed for police reforms.