The absence of the representatives of the police on Monday stalled the sitting of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the allegations of police brutality in Taraba State.
At the primary sitting held in Jalingo, the state capital, three petitions had been talked about for listening to with their authorized aides current, however the police as defendants to the go well with had been absent.
During Monday’s session, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Christopher Awubra, thought-about the submission of the counsel to the petitioners and famous the absence of the respondents and their representatives.
He adjourned the listening to of the petitions to Wednesday for the defendants to look and defend the petitions in opposition to them.
“We have considered the submissions of counsels to the petitioners and are mindful of the absence of the respondents and their representatives if any.
“Counsel to the commission has urged the commission to oblige for a further adjournment to enable the respondents or representatives to appear and defend the petitions,” he stated.
According to Justice Awubra, justice might be higher served when all events to the petitions are accorded sufficient time to make shows to the listening to of the petitions.
“In this light, therefore, we are prone to allow for a further adjournment in the interest of justice and these petitions are further adjourned to the second day of December 2020 for hearing,” he added.
Just like in different states, the Taraba State authorities arrange and inaugurated the panel to amongst different issues, examine the allegations of police brutality.
This follows a nationwide protest by youths in lots of states throughout Nigeria, which was later hijacked and triggered violence in some components of the nation.
In the wake of the demonstration, the Federal Government bowed to strain to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – a unit of the Nigeria Police allegedly infamous for harassing and extorting Nigerian youths.