From Isa Dangana, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has advocated that the Nigeria Police Force be restructured and reformed to squarely face the growing security challenges bedeviling the country.
Sani-Bello, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ahmed Matane, said that such restructuring and reformation should be capable of fighting criminals who are into banditry, kidnapping, killings of innocent persons and finding an end to such criminal activities.
Governor Sani-Bello, who was speaking at the inaugural sitting into cases of police brutality, abuse of human rights and other unwholesome and extra judicial acts of some police personnel, particularly the disbanded Special Anti Robbery squared (SARS), said that banditry and kidnapping were still on.
He said quite a number of villages in the state are facing security challenges.
The governor maintained that the criminals are having an uninterrupted time to carry out their criminal activities due to the openness of the boarders which made it easy for them to cause havoc in the villages and go scoot free.
He called on the victims of the police brutality and other persons to make presentation to the commission to address the present issues.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry, being headed by Justice Ishaku Usman, with Abdulrahim Tariq as secretary, has two – facetted assignments.
He said that it would receive petitions from members of the public against some erring police personnel of the Nigeria Police and to also receive petitions from the Nigeria Police against unwholesome acts meted on them by some members of the public while performing their constitutional responsibilities.
Justice Usman urged traditional rulers in the state to sensitize their subjects on the opportunity, saying the commission calls for the memoranda from the 25 local government areas of the state to assist disseminate the calls for the memoranda to citizens in their jurisdictions.
He said that the commission has two months from date of its inauguration to submit its report, saying that it would not entertain petitions that are ridiculous, frivolous, mere academic exercise or seekink popularity.
The commission has incorporated zonal offices of Ministry of Justice at Bida, Suleja, Kontagora, Lapai and New Bussa to serve as reception centres for onward transmission of petitions to it.