Wike Inaugurates Commission to Investigate Rights Abuse by F-SARS, Charges it to Submit Report in 60 days

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate acts of brutality and violation of fundamental human rights perpetrated by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) in the State.

The commission which members were selected from Nigerian Bar Association, FIDA, youth, civil society, women and religious groups is expected to submit its report sixty days from the date of its first sitting.

The governor charged the commission to ascertain whether any of the officers, men and operatives of the Police, particularly, F-SARS involved in alleged acts of violence, torture, brutality, murder, violation of fundamental human rights or other atrocities in Rivers State was sponsored, counselled and procured by any person, group of persons, or officer of Rivers State Government by whatever designation.

He said the commission is expected to identify persons or group of persons who counselled, procured and sponsored alleged acts of violence and violation of human rights of citizens committed by personnel of F-SARS in the State.

Governor Wike also tasked the commission to identify the victims of the said alleged acts of atrocities committed by officers and men of F-SARS.

He tasked the commission to ascertain the motive if any of the officers and operatives of F-SARS, who committed or participated in the commission of the alleged acts of torture, murder, brutality and violation of rights that occurred in Rivers State.

In addition, Governor Wike directed the commission to ascertain whether any of the victims of the alleged acts of violence by F-SARS is being held in detention or custody and the identify of such victim as well as place of detention.

The commission was enjoined to make appropriate recommendations to the government on measures and means of preventing the occurrence of such acts of violence and violation of rights perpetrated by operatives of F-SARS, and how they can be held accountable for such acts.

The Commission is headed by Justice Chukwunenye. I. Uriri (rtd). Other members are: Mrs Florence Amiesimaka (FIDA); Tonye Ibisiki, Esq,  (Nigerian Bar Association); Karl Chinedu Uchegbu( Civil Society); Chijioke Ihunwo (Youth Group); Rev. Richard Opara(Religious Group); Mrs Bella Ebeku( Women Group); Dr. George Nwaeke(Secretary) and Barr. Somiete Inko-Tariah( Counsel to the Commission).