National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday in Kano commissioned a special investigation panel to look into alleged cases of sexual violence leveled against security operatives.
The commission further empowers the panel to unravel the mysteries surrounding the allegations of sexual violence taking place in institutions of learning, companies, in all public and private places across the country.
The executive secretary, NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq, while inaugurating the panel for the North-West zone, stated that the panel would identify individuals directly responsible for sexual violations and other forms of gender based abuses, adding that the panel is expected to make recommendations but not limited to prosecutions, disciplinary proceedings and damages.
According to him, the actions of Joint Task Forces, JTF, police and other law enforcement agencies in the past 10 years would be brought under the radar of the special sittings.
Ojukwu noted that the panel is expected to develop guidelines and policies on sexual and gender based violence for institutions, MDA’s public and private organizations operating in Nigeria.
The NHRC Executive Secretary revealed that so far the special panel under his chairmanship is situated in all geographical spreads in the country.
He further revealed that 133 SGBV victims have filed their complaints to the panels.