The governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, has constituted a judicial panel of enquiry to investigate complaints related to police brutality and extra judicial killings in the state, with a view to get justice for victims of the recently disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
This was disclosed in a statement released on Sunday by the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham.
Recall that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had on Friday promised Nigerians that the Federal government will liaise with State governors to set up panels to look into complaints of police brutality across the country.
According to the statement, the panel is headed by a retired Judge of the Plateau State High Court, Justice Philomena Lot, with CP. Garba Patrick (Rtd); Mr. Ezekiel Dauda Daschen (Youth Representative) Mrs. Rauta Dakok (Rep. of Attorney General’s Office); and Mrs. Kiyempia Mafuyai (Rep. of Human Rights Commission), as members.
“They terms of Reference among others are to receive and investigate complaints of Police Brutality or Related Extra Judicial Killings; evaluate evidence and draw conclusions on validity of complaints; as well as recommend compensation and other remedial measures.”
While the panel has six months to submit it’s report and findings to the governor, Lalong urged the panel to be fair to all parties who will appear before them.
Meanwhile, the governor has denied press reports that Northern governors have called for the reinstatement of the disbanded SARS, saying he was quoted out of context.
He said, the Forum only called for wholistic reforms of the entire policing architecture in the country.