supporting the judicial panels of inquiry to strengthen their capacity to conduct the inquiries more effectively
Following the #EndSARS protests on human rights violations alleged to have been committed by the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), judicial panels of inquiry have been established at national and state levels. Their mandates include receiving and investigating complaints of human rights violations; evaluating evidence presented, drawing conclusions in respect of the complaint(s) and making recommendations on remedies and reparation. These inquiries will be conducted and concluded within a specified period ranging from one month to six months.
The Nigerian Human Rights Commission, Lawyers Alert and the International Commission of Jurists will be supporting the work of the judicial panels of inquiry to strengthen their capacity to conduct the inquiries more effectively.
To that end, the Nigerian Human Rights Commission, Lawyers Alert and ICJ will be conducting a one-day induction seminar for the members of the Panels of inquiry. This will be run virtually on the 2 December 2020.
The eminent presenters at the induction seminar are as follows: Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima JSC (rtd), Chairman of the Independent Investigative Panel on SARS, Professor Christof Heyns, Director, Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA); former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Rommy Mom ESQ, President Lawyers Alert & Hon. Commissioner, Human Rights, Police Service Commission; Hon. Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, JCA; Prof Solomon Ebobra, Dean Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.