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#EndSARS: Government Initiate Judicial Panel

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The Nigeria Governors Forum is being held to discuss the need for a judicial commission of inquiry and other issues related to the #EndSARS protest. The commission is set to review cases of police brutality among other forms of professional misconduct especially by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad across the country.

The information was enclosed in a statement issued by NGF following the 20th emergency teleconference meeting held on Sunday.

The statement was signed by the NGF Chairman, Kayode Fayemi. The NGF chairman said the ‘Governors thereafter resolved to: Activate a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to receive all cases of police brutality by officers of the disbanded SARS Unit. Each State is also expected to kick-start a compensation mechanism for all victims.

‘Endorse the call by demonstrators for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognizance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country;

‘Act on all the Demands made by the EndSARS protesters raising some concerns with the shifting nature of the demands which creates uncertainty on the exact expectations and ultimate goal;

‘Finally, appeal for the call off of protests as a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country; particularly as criminal elements and hoodlums have hijacked the protests by maiming innocent citizens, looting and destroying properties.’

Peace Omenka

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