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Friday, October 16, 2020

#EndSARS: States To Probe Police Brutality And Compensate Victims

#EndSARS: States To Probe Police Brutality And Compensate Victims
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo

As the #EndSARS protesters take their call to permanently end police brutality to virtually all the states in the country, the National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday, has charged governors of each state to probe extra-judicial killings and police brutality through judicial commissions of inquiries.

The Nation report that the state governors are to facilitate the payment of compensation to victims affected by the ill behavior of any security personnel.

The NEC also urged the governors to meet and interact with the #EndSARS protesters to persuade them to drop the protests in view of the reforms being carried out by the government.

These are part of the communiqué of the NEC meeting on Thursday, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to a statement by the spokesman to the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, the governors are to immediately establish the judicial commission of inquiries to include representatives of Youths, Students and Civil Society Organisations.

According to The Nation, the committee is to be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge.

NEC also directed that governors should immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in their states.

The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee is to ensure that police formation and other security agencies in the State consistently protect the Human Rights of citizens.

Members of the Special Committee would also include Representatives of Youths and Civil Society.

The judicial panel’s assignment is to be concluded within six months.

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