Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the composition of an Eleven Member Judicial Panel of Inquiry into alleged brutality of the Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Adamawa State.
A statement by Humwashi Wonosikou, the press secretary to the Governor, said,
the action was in deference to the directives of the National Economic Council following the nationwide protest against the security squad.
” Membership of the panel is drawn from the Judiciary, Civil Society Organizations, Security, Youth, Religious and Students representative.
” The panel has as its terms of reference among others to receive and investigate complaints on Police brutality or related extra-judicial killings, evaluate evidences and establish nature of the abuses.
” It is to also establish whether or not there are individuals in custody and reason why they are kept in custody, establish whether they have been arraigned in court as well as establish how many died in custody.
” The panel is to also establish incidences of financial and material extortions, damages caused and determine any compensation to be paid to the victims or their relations,” the statement said.
It added that the Judicial Panel of Inquiry which has Justice Adamu Hobon (Rtd) as Chairman and Permanent Secretary Security as Secretary has six months from the date of inauguration to submit its report.
Other members of the Panel include; AIG Ibrahim Baba Ahmed (Rtd); Barr. Samuel Yaumande (Solicitor General) and
Representative of ministry of Justice.
Others are; His Lordship, Bishop Japheth Tonmwaso, representative of CAN, Alh. Wakili Usman Ibrahim, representative of MCN; Grace Mamza, representative of Human Rights Commission; James Kamale, President, SUG MAUTECH, Yola, representing students and Amb. Ajeni Delo representing Youth Organizations.
Others are; Barr. Nafisatu Bala, representing Civil Society; and Haj. Tanee Kabiru Bitoko also representing the Civil Society.
While congratulating the members of the Judicial Panel for making the list, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri challenged them to ensure decorum in the process as men and women of proven integrity found worthy to undertake the onerous task.