Folarin Falana, a Nigerian singer popularly known as Falz, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to properly constitute the governing council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Falz, who is a lawyer and son of prominent human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, made the demand in an open letter addressed to the president and published on Twitter on Thursday.
The singer has been one of the frontliners of the #EndSARS protests happening across the country and his demand comes at a time when questions have been asked of the NHRC’s in investigating the alleged brutality and extortion committed by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.
Falz noted that the NHRC is empowered to “receive complaints and investigate all alleged cases of human rights violations in Nigeria and make appropriate recommendations to the President”.
He insisted that there was no need to set up another panel to investigate the violation of fundamental human rights allegedly committed by police operatives as stated in a recent Presidency statement issued by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President, on the issue.
He also stated that the NHRC governing council has not been properly constituted since 2015, which is contrary to Section 2 of the National Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Act.
Falz, therefore, called on President Buhari to constitute the council as stipulated by law.
See Falz’s letter below:
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