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Kaduna govt appoints judicial panel of inquiry into police brutality

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has constituted a judicial panel of inquiry into acts of police brutality in the state saddled with the responsibility of ensuring accountability in the Police Force.

This follows the resolution of the National Economic Council committee on state governors to constitute the judicial panel and other steps to ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their states.

A statement by Special Adviser to the governor on Media & Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, indicated that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into acts of brutality by police units in Kaduna Sate will be inaugurated on Monday, 19th October, 2020.

“Further to the resolutions of the meeting of the National Economic Council held on Thursday, 15th October, 2020, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has approved the constitution of a judicial commission of inquiry into acts of police brutality in Kaduna State,” the statement noted.

According to the statement, “Representatives of civil society and youth groups will be appointed to join the governor and heads of security agencies deployed in Kaduna state on the Special Security and Human Rights Committee that will oversee the activities of security agencies.

“This will be followed by the appointment of members of the Human Rights Complaints Team and the posting of officers to a Complaints Office to enable members of the public lodge reports on the activities of security agencies, and that will be forwarded to the Special Security and Human Rights Committee for appropriate action,” it further stated.

The appointed members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry include Justice David Shiri Wyom (rtd.) (Chairman); AIG Lawal Tanko (rtd) (member); Rebecca Sako-John, to represent Civil Society. Mustapha Jumare, representing Civil Society, Yakubu Umar Ibrahim, representative of students, Nathaniel Sheyi Bagudu, representative of youths, Inna Binta Audu, representing the National Human Rights Commission, Hajara Abubakar, acting Director, Citizens Right Department of the Ministry of Justice, will represent the Attorney-General of Kaduna State.

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