The Judicial panel recently inaugurated by Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state, Saturday invited members of the public who were victims of brutality by the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, and any other aggrieved citizen to submit their memorandum and complaints to the commission within two weeks
A text message obtained from the Registrar, Katsina State High Court, Barrister Kabiru Shu’aibu, advised intending complainants to submit their memorandum at the newly established secretariat of the Commission at No 3 Modoji Estate Katsina
He said ’’just finished confirming the fact that the Commission has given two weeks from Friday October 30th for the submission of memorandum at their secretariat at No 3 Modoji estate, Katsina. Thanks.’’
It has been recalled that Governor Aminu Bello Masari had inaugurated the judicial panel on October 23, to among other terms of reference, investigate the excesses of the disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad and to fish out the perpetrators of SARS brutality, as well as assess the extent of injuries and damages to lives and properties.
Meanwhile several stakeholders have reacted to the two weeks deadline issued by the panel for the victims to make their submissions, with calls for an extension, since most of the complainants were at the community base levels and needed adequate sensitization and preparation on how to make their submissions
A Katsina based Civil society Activist, Dr Bashir Ruwangodia, told The Nation that the two weeks is too short, requested the commission to extend the deadline to enable adequate mobilization of the aggrieved that are located in the 8 frontline local government areas hard hit by banditry attacks and SARS brutality.
He also disagreed with the suggestion that the Commission should request for extension of the 8 weeks deadline given to it by the Governor for the submission of their reports, insisting that it was a national assignment that is simultaneously taking place nationwide adding that altering their submission date will affect what happens at the national level.