Civil Society and Community Based Organizations in Kano State have at the weekend called on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to set up a Judicial panel of inquiry into the alleged Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, or Police brutality in the state.
The call was made in a letter addressed to the Governor and signed by its President, Ibrahim A. Waiya, and Secretary, Mr. Peter Hassan Tijani, respectively.
They said the constitution of the panel will help unravel the circumstances surrounding the alleged SARS/police brutality and abuse of power in the state.
Part of the letter read, “While we appreciate the efforts of the Kano State Government, the security agencies, the community leaders, the civil society organizations for the effective and compassionate handling of the situation, we urge you to as a matter of public interest to set up the panel so that our dear State will join the wagon of other States in the process of addressing the alleged violations of human rights by the disbanded SARS and to equally restore such rights and sanction the violators if found.”
It added that “we strongly believe in the process of upholding the rights of citizens, a practice which not only helps in upholding the rule of law but as well critically supports in strengthening public confidence and trust in democratic governance.