The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has called on various state government to include persons with disabilities in the set up plans for their judicial panels of enquiry.
Mr David Anyaele, Executive Director, CCD, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He added that the venue for sittings must be accessible to its members.
“As laudable as the effort of the States and Federal government to inquire on the operations of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and its effect on the citizenry, CCD is worried that none of these committees set up has the representatives of persons with disabilities either at the State or Federal level.
“Therefore, we appeal that the states’ panels of enquires on SARS consider the communication of the panel be made accessible to persons with disabilities.
“Where a person with hearing impairment appears before the panel, a sign language interpreter should be on standby for ease of communication.
“Should a person with disability wish to testify before the panel, he or she should not be discriminated against on the basis of disability in line with section 1 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018.
“CCD calls on members of the panels to be above board and ensure persons that suffered disabilities as a result of SARS operations or as a result of the protests are adequately compensated,” he added.
The executive director, however, applauded the efforts of various states government for setting up panels of inquiry to look into series of atrocities committed by the disbanded SARS.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Donald Ugwu