CALL FOR PETITIONS / NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The National Human Rights Commission (the Commission) was established by the National Human Rights Commission (Establishment) Act 1995, with amendment in 2010 to promote and protect the human rights of Nigerian citizens in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and other national laws, regional and international human rights instruments to which Nigeria is a state party.
The human rights violations allegedly perpetrated by officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigeria Police Force have come under focus in recent times. Various reports of alleged extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, torture, disappearances, extortions, confiscation of property, violations of dignity and privacy, etc. have received national and global attentions. Nigerian citizens, especially young people have been victims of these human rights violations and have brought attention of the Commission and the Government of Nigeria to the alleged violations committed by SARS and other police units over the years.