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Panel Submits Report, Indicts 72 Officers

The impartial investigation team of Nigerian police human rights abuses in Abuja against SARS and different models submitted its report to the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday with strong recommendations and penalties.

In its recommendations, the panel found 72 law enforcement officials responsible for the charges against them.

fist While 28 of them did help with prosecution, 25 did help with firing, 15 with disciplinary action and four with demotion, the report said.

In the process of presenting its report to the National Human Rights Commission, IIP-HRV-A-SARS Chairman and retired Supreme Court Justice Justice Suleiman Galadima said the panel had received more than 200 petitions since two years ago. Since inauguration, from 29 states.

Justice Suleiman called on federal authorities to take a fundamental view of the report to implement its recommendations, but he called on the NHRC to coordinate all the different reviews submitted to it for additional referral to federal authorities for implementation.

Tony Ojukwu, NHRC government secretary and SAN chief, said the fee would not be eased until impunity was completely eradicated in Nigeria.

He also mentioned that the National Human Rights Commission will ensure that the recommendations of the expert group are implemented.

In response to him, reparation for costs and holding indicted Nigerian police officers accountable for violations of individual rights are major steps in getting justice on the streets.

“I welcome the selection and indictment issued by the Galadima Panel of Judges and I need to assure Nigerians and victims and their families that the National Human Rights Commission will do everything possible to ensure that the selection is applied.

“We will work with the police, relevant committees of the National Conference, civil society and growth partners to implement the group’s recommendations on police reform to ensure effective and human rights-centred policing,” Ojukwu said.

He mentioned that the efforts of Nigerian youth in the #EndSARS protests will not be in vain.

Introducing the report’s fact sheet, the panel’s secretary, Hilary Ogbonna, noted that the committee received 295 petitions on police brutality from 29 federal states, with Abuja having the highest number with 123. petition.

Ogbonna mentioned that the petition’s subject issues are illegal demotion, racketeering, police harassment and intimidation, illegal seizure of property, disobedience to court orders, denial of access to justice, workplace abuse and enforced disappearance.

The different areas include danger to life, unlawful arrest and detention, non-payment of judgments, ruthless, inhuman and degrading remedies, and violation of propriety of life.

Hillary mentioned that full N438, 884, 094 had been paid to victims of police brutality, while 54 petitions previously filed by the panel were withdrawn due to police harassment, intimidation and threats to victims’ lives.

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