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Plateau State Judicial Panel of Inquiry begins sitting

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Plateau State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality and related extra-judicial killings in Plateau state begins its hearing on Monday.

The panel has so far received 44 complaints applications that have been submitted to it.

The panel begins with 3 memos, which include Memo No.JP10/2020, John Danladi, Memo No.JP/02/2020 of Udochi Obidoke and Memo No.JP/3/2020 of Comrade Bashir Isa, where the representative of the Commissioner of Police was asked to produce his personnel, who were involved in those cases.

Chairman of the panel, Justice Philomena Lot, adjourned the case to 20/11/2020 and 26/11/2020 to enable the police produce those people that were involved in the cases.

It could be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong recently constituted and inaugurated the Panel in line with the recommendation of the National Economic Council (NEC) for the establishment of State-based judicial panels of inquiry by governors to hear complaints and ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their states.

The panel has six months within which to complete its assignment and submit its report.

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