October 16, 2021

EndSARS: Panel recommends N152.8m damages to victims of security excesses

Police guard farms in Jos during Governor's visit, Thursday

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Cases of Police Brutality and Related Extrajudicial Killings on Saturday announced a N152,817,880.00 sum as “specific and general damages” to victims of security excesses in Plateau State.

“This if implemented will provide succor to those aggrieved who have suffered wrong in one way or the other in the hands of overzealous security operatives,” said Mrs. Philomena Lot, a retired High Court Judge who headed the Panel.

The Panel established in October 2020 following widespread protests against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad received 63 petitions within its six-month tenure, Lot said at a dinner to mark Democracy Day and Governor Lalong’s midterm in Jos.

11 of the petitions according to the ex Judge were struck out for “obvious reasons”. The 52 determined petitions were those recommended for damages, she said.

However, “a holistic approach must be adopted to entrench respect for fundamental human rights and respect for our citizens by training all security agencies in this country to curtail such excesses in the country,” said Lot.

The Panel appreciated the Nigerian Bar Association in Plateau State headed by Barr. Yakubu Bawa for offering probono services to petitioners who could not afford legal services, as well as the media and Police authorities for supporting it throughout it’s assignment.