The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have expressed commitment to assist any person with complaints of human rights violations against the defunct Special Anti-Rubbery Squad (SARS) and other Tactical Units of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) at the sittings of the Independent Investigative Panel (IIP) on allegations of human rights violations against the Squad.
Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, and the President of the NBA Olumide Akpata both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to affirm their determination to assist victims of human rights violations by some personnel of the NPF.
Ojukwu noted that the activities of the defunct SARS had impacted negatively on the enjoyment of human rights of some citizens who also encountered difficulties in seeking justice for the violations of their rights (by SARS), thereby making them suffer double jeopardy.
While expressing the Commission’s readiness to work assiduously with the NBA to ensure that no action is spared in entrenching respect for human rights in Nigeria, the human rights boss said it had become imperative to render all the necessary support to ensure that victims of human rights violation by law enforcement agents get justice.
On his part, the NBA President said “the NBA and the NHRC are natural partners, and the protection of the rights of Nigerians sits in the heart of the mandate of the NBA.”
He assured that the NBA would do everything within its powers to provide support for victims and their families.
He said the Bar Association would act as amicus curiae during the Panel sittings in order to lend their professional guidance and ensure that the sittings are conducted across the country in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The duo took the opportunity of the event to call on the law enforcement agents to operate within the ambits