The National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, October 16, has mandated the state governments to inaugurate panels of inquiry to unravel cases of police brutality against Nigerians.
This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman to Osinbajo, Laolu Akande.
Furthermore, the NEC requested that the 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 extrajudicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units,” a communiqué issued by Osinbajo after the meeting stated.
1st News gathered that the Judicial Panels, which would be set up in all the states; would include representatives of youths; students; and also civil society organisations; as well as would be chaired by a respected retired state High Court judge.
Accordingly, the NEC 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.
Osinbajo further explained that the idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all states of the federation and the FCT 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 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.