The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday, inaugurated a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate human rights abuse in the state by the disbanded police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), following the demands of #EndSARS protesters in the country.
This was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s media aide, Kevin Ebiri. According to the statement, Wike while inaugurating the commission in Port Harcourt tasked it to identify the victims, as well as people, whether within or outside the Rivers government, who may have sponsored police brutality in the state. He also tasked the commission is to find out if there are victims who are still being held in SARS detention facilities.
“Recommend appropriate sanctions, punishment or other penalties to be imposed on the perpetrators of the said acts of violence, torture, murder, and violation of fundamental rights and/or other atrocities that occurred in Rivers State,” the governor said.
The commission is headed by a retired judge, Chukwunenye Uriri, while George Nwaeke will serve as the secretary. Other members of the commission are Florence Amiesimaka (FIDA); Tonye Ibisiki, (Nigerian Bar Association); Karl Uchegbu (civil society); Chijioke Ihunwo (youth group); Richard Opara (religious group); Bella Ebeku (women group) and Somiete Inko-Tariah (counsel to the commission).