Police brutality: Abia EndSARS panel recommends N511 million compensation

The Abia State Judicial Panel of Inquiry has recommended at least N511 million naira as compensation to victims of police brutality.

Submitting its five-volume report to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the chairman of the panel Justice Sunday Imo (retd) said the panel received 86 petitions and 46 went through full hearing while the remaining cases were dismissed.

Ikpeazu promised that the state government would clinically study the report with a view to implementing it.

Ikpeazu, represented by government secretary Chris Ezem, stressed that the report would guide the public on how best to relate with the police and other security agencies.

He reiterated that the security institutions needed the support and cooperation of the citizens in order to excel in their duties.

The panel was inaugurated on October 23, 2020, with a charge to treat cases of police brutality from 2015 till date.

Other states formed similar panels to address the demands of EndSARS protesters who, in 2020, demonstrated against the alleged crimes of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.


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