By Anthony Adgidzi,
The Nasarawa State Judicial Commission of Inquiry setup to look into the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has begun setting to receive complaints of the protesters to that effect.
The commission however gave two weeks to the petitioners to file in their case, and same is given to the respondents to submit their responses before the hearing of the court, which hope to resume setting proper in the next four weeks.
Members of the commission are sitting at the headquarters of the state ministry of Justice, Lafia with the following term of reference; to arrest the situation, to avoid degeneration into state of anarchy and chaos.
They are to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and related extra judicial killings, 5o evaluate evidence and draw conclusion on validity of complaints and to recommend compensation and other remedial measures. The commission is however given six months to submit it report.
Chairman of the commission, Justice Badamasi Maina (rtd) however appealed to #ENDSARS protesters to stop further protest for the interest of peace and development of the country.
Justice Maina who made the appeal at the commission’s inaugural sitting in Lafia, urged the #EndSars protesters to across the country to lodge their complaints at the various tribunals setup by the state governments to receive and address the issues raised by the youths.
The state commission’s chairman, who recognizes the right of the youths to embark on the protest emphasized that, “the youths are justified and legally entitled to expressed their grievances at the current state of affairs, however, peaceful protest cannot continue indefinitely else, they become violent and defeat the purpose for which they are made.
“Even if you support the agitation of the #EndSars protesters, you will surely detest the mode the protests have taken, where roads and streets are blocked, vehicles and houses destroyed and innocent persons molested far worse than the FSARS activities, to the extent that even victims of FSARS are affected.
While commending youths in the state for not party to the protest, Justice Maina then urged the youths agitating to stop further protest, vacate the roads and register their complaints before the tribunal.
He assured of their commitment to ensure justice to all and in all matters, saying the people would not be disappointed.
He also urged those appearing before the commission to be precise in their submissions, avoid unnecessary arguments and legal technicalities to enable them do justice to the matter and report same in good time.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Abdulakarim Abuabakar Kana thanked members of the commission for accepting to serve in that capacity and assured them that the ministry would to give them all the necessary support to succeed.
Kana said, if not for the proactive measures taken by the state government to to avert the protest, the state would witness unrest, similar to what happened in other states.
He explained that, the State had the benefited so much from SARS than it disadvantages as experienced in other states of the country, hence the phenomenon is different in Nasarawa State.
“While other stats are condemning the action of SARS, we in Nasarawa State are commending them for serving people in the most difficult times. It is only the SARS personnel who were able to tackle the bad guys who were terrorizing the people.
The Attorney then described as unfortunate the protest, because it has been hijacked and appealed for calm, as government was putting in place measures to engage them on useful venture.