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#EndSARS: Kaduna Judicial Panel Holds Inaugural Sitting, Receives 28 Petitions

Justice David Wyom speaks throughout the inaugural sitting of the Kaduna State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on December 10, 2020.

 

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry arrange by the Kaduna State authorities to look into the allegations of police brutality has held its inaugural sitting.

Justice David Wyom, who’s the Chairman of the panel, knowledgeable these current on the first session on Thursday that the panel has acquired a complete of 28 petitions so removed from the general public.

He gave an assurance that the panel could be honest, clear, and simply to everybody and urged victims of police brutality and different human rights abuses to return ahead with their petitions.

Justice Wyom defined why the panel commenced sitting two months after its inauguration and introduced that the deadline for the submission of petitions has been prolonged until January 29, 2021.

Among those that attended the inaugural sitting had been the representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abdullahi Yahaya who’s the NBA Chairman in Barnawa, and Sampson Audu who’s the NBA Chairman in Kaduna.

Both attorneys, of their displays to the panel, mentioned they had been prepared to supply free authorized companies to petitioners with out authorized illustration.

They additionally confused the necessity for the panel to grant the NBA an observer standing to look earlier than it, in addition to for the panel to be honest and simply to all petitioners regardless of their standing.

Others current had been a retired Assistant Inspector-General of (*28*), Lawal Tankoas properly as, representatives of the civil society, youths, and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, arrange the panel following the nationwide #EndSARS protests in October throughout which Nigerian youths known as for an finish to extra-judicial killings by males of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – a unit of the police which has been disbanded.

The panel was inaugurated on October 19 and was given six months to finish its task.

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