The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has postponed the hearing of the violations of human rights by the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, indefinitely.
The Assistant Director, Corporate Affairs and External Linkages, Mrs. Fatimah Agwai-Mohammed reportedly disclosed it was due to the spike in COVID-19 cases within the country to NAN.
Read her statement in part below
“A new date will be fixed and communicated to the public after measures have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
“Rising cases in the second wave of the pandemic is alarming and the guidelines by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 must be adhered to.
“People have to be alive and fit to come to the panel hearing; it is not right to expose them without adequate protection or protective measures.
“Moreover, when prominent persons are invited to the hearing, they come with their entourage.
“So with this increase in cases of the virus that PTF is announcing, the commission deemed it right to put on hold sitting until proper measures are put in place.”
The panel has reportedly received over 200 complaints of rights violation.
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