NEC Asks Govs To Raise Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Over Police Brutality | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

ABUJA – The National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has given state governments the mandate to constitute panels of inquiry to unravel cases of police brutality against Nigerians.

Beyond this, the council specifically resolved that state governors and the FCT minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains.

“Rising from its monthly meeting, the National Economic Council has directed the immediate establishment of state-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units,” a communiqué issued after the meeting stated.

The Judicial Panels, which would be set up in all the states, would include representatives of youths, students, civil society organisations, and would be chaired by a respected retired state High Court judge.

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

The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all states of the federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formations 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 organisations.

The head of police tactical units in each of the states would also be a member of the committee.

Regarding the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, each state government is to set up the panel, chaired by a retired High Court judge, with other members selected by the state governor as follows: two representatives of civil society groups, one retired police officer of high repute, one youth representative, one student representative, one representative of the state Attorney-General, and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission.

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