Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has signed the instrument establishing a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate the excesses of the recently disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.
The Director General of Media, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi in a statement on 20TH October, 2020 said the Katsina State Commission of Inquiry Law, Cap 29, empowers the Governor to constitute such a commission as and when the need arises.
According to the statement, the constitution of the judicial commission of enquiry follows the order by President Muhammadu Buhari directing for the disbandment of SARS and the investigation of its alleged excesses and extra-judicial activities, which had attracted persistent criticism, leading to the ongoing protests and counter protests in some parts of the country.
The ten-member judicial commission of enquiry has Justice Abbas AbdulLahi Bawale of the Katsina High Court as Chairman and Alhaji Ibrahim M. Daku of the Governor’s Office as secretary.
Other members are two gender-based representatives from the Civil Societies Organisation (CSOs), one representative of students and the State Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).