#EndSARS: Lalong Sets Up Judial Panel Of Inquiry

#EndSARS: Lalong Sets Up Judial Panel Of Inquiry

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Gov. Simeon Lalong

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and other extra-judicial killings, with a view to getting justice for all victims of dissolved SARS.

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

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

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He said the action was in line with the recommendation of the National Economic Council (NEC) for 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.

According to the statement, the panel is to be headed by a retired Judge of the Plateau State High Court, Justice Philomena Lot and is 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 (Youth Representative), Mrs Rauta Dakok (Rep. of Attorney General’s Office); and Mrs Kiyempia Mafuyai (Representative of Human Rights Commission).

According to the statement, the panel in addition to investigating complaints would evaluate evidence and draw conclusions on the validity of complaints, as well as, recommend compensation and other remedial measures, among other things.

The governor has however tasked members of the panel to be thorough, diligent and fair to all those that would appear before them, in order to ensure justice without any bias.

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