#EndSARS: Governors Call for Judicial Panel to investigate Police Brutality
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has called for a judicial commission of inquiry to review cases of police brutality, especially by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country.
NGF In a communiqué signed by the its Chairman, Kayode Fayemi appealed to #EndSARS protesters to end the protests to prevent hoodlums from hijacking it, and assured that the governors have deliberated extensively on the nationwide protests, riots, and demonstrations.
Fayemi listed out the resolve by the governors, saying that they have agreed 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”
He said the governors resolved to “endorse the call by demonstrators for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognisance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country”
They agreed to “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, PUNCH reported.
The governors finally appealed “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.”