The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) declare it’s support to #EndSARS protesters and efforts to restructure the Nigeria Police Force, as many persons with disabilities and their families, in particular persons with hearing impairment have suffered in the hands of defunct notorious SARS.
As the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Federal Government of Nigeria resolved in their recent meeting to set up judicial panels of inquiry to investigate allegations of rights violations by police personnel across the 36 States of the Federation and Abuja FCT, CCD is calling on members of the panels to take appropriate measure to thoroughly investigate the extent of the activities of the defunct SARS led to inflicting of any form of disability to their victims.
Our observation shows that many of the victims and survivors of SARS notorious activities are struggling with different forms of disability ranging from physical, mental, emotional, and sensory impairment which are hindering them from participating in the society on equal basis with others.
The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended provides in section 42.2 that no citizen of Nigeria shall be subject to any form of disability. As such any form of disability subjected to any citizen of Nigeria by the defunct SARS operatives for whatsoever reason shall be accounted for.
CCD is also calling on the members of the Panel to make recommendations, where necessary that would address the rehabilitation and re-institution of the victims and survivors as well as their families.
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the premier organization of, and for persons with disabilities that works to promote disability rights, independent living, and inclusion of persons with disabilities and their families in development agenda. It also works to educate, support, and empower persons with disabilities to maximize their potentials. CCD led the CSOs campaign for the passage of the National Disability Act in 2019.
We have over the past ten years sought a redefinition of the societal response to the plights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)