By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A Judicial panel of inquiry to investigate human rights abuses in Bauchi State has been constituted by the state government following an approval to that effect by Governor Bala Mohammed.
The setting up of the panel is coming on the heels of the ongoing protest by youth across the country against the highhandedness and brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force and the government’s resolve to reform the Nigeria Police Force.
The Committee has retired High Court Judge, Justice Habibu Idris Shall as chairman with CP. Hamisu Makama (rtd), Bauchi state chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, and Barr. Jibrin S. Jibrin of the Civil Society Groups in Bauchi as members.
Other members of the committee are representative of Human Right Commission (NHRC) in Bauchi, representative of FIDA, chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi, representative of Jama’atul Nasirul Islam (JNI) in Bauchi, and representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi State.
Also on the panel include representatives of National Council of Women Society (NCWS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), NACCIMA, Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, Miyetti Allah MACBAN, NURT, Comrade Mohammed Nasiru Umar of ATBU representing NUBASS, as well as representative of Attorney-General/Commissioner of Justice as Secretary
A Government statement signed by SSA Media to the governor, Mukhtar Gidado, expressed confidence that members of the committee will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience in the discharge of the committee’s assignment.