EndSARS: Gov. Lalong sets up panel on police brutality, extra-judicial killings

EndSARS: Gov. Lalong sets up panel on police brutality, extra-judicial killings

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has set up a judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality and extra-judicial killings, sequel to the EndSARS protests in some parts of the country.

 

A statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Sunday in Jos said that the governor had approved the appointment of members of the panel.

 

Macham said that the panel was mandated to investigate complaints of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state, with a view to delivering justice for all the victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.

 

He said that the action was in line with the recommendation of the National Economic Council (NEC) regarding the establishment of state-based judicial panels of inquiry by governors to collate complaints and ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their respective states.

 

He said that the panel, which would be chaired by a retired judge of Plateau State High Court, Justice Philomena Lot, was expected to carry out its assignment and submit its report within six months.

 

Other members of the panel are retired Commissioner of Police Garba Patrick; Mr Ezekiel Dauda Daschen (representative of youths); Mrs Rauta Dakok (representative of Attorney General’s Office) and Mrs Kiyempia Mafuyai (representative of Human Rights Commission).

 

Macham said that the panel, in addition to investigating complaints, would evaluate evidence and draw conclusions on validity of the complaints, as well as recommend compensations and other remedial measures, among others.

 

He said that the governor enjoined members of the panel to be thorough, diligent and fair to all those that would testify before them, in order to ensure justice delivery without any iota of bias.

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