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EndSars: Kaduna govt receives panel report

Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Hadiza Balarabe, receives a report by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Acts of Police Brutality in Kaduna State led by Justice David Wyom. Photo: Aminu Dalhatu

The Judicial Commission of inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate Acts of Police Brutality has submitted its report to the state government.

The Chairman of the Commission, retired Justice David Wyom, presented the report to the Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, at Government house Kaduna, on Monday.

Justice Wyom recommended prosecution of some erring Police officers and the immediate payment of compensation.

He told Dr Balarabe that the panel had received a total of 64 petitions out of which six were struck out on the application of the petitioners, with 13 others thrown out by the panel due to lack of diligent prosecution.

The panel has recommended payment of over N271 million as compensation in respect to 23 petitions for deaths, injuries and permanent incapacitation, Justice Wyom revealed.

He appealed to the federal and state governments to assist in getting the Police to release to relatives and petitioners corpses of persons deposited in mortuaries awaiting burial.

According to him, most people cannot afford bills charged by the hospitals, and should not be made to bear such financial burdenm especially given the fact that the police are mostly the ones who deposit the bodies in those mortuaries.

Justice Wyom, who expressed gratitude to Kaduna State Government for giving the panel members the opportunity to serve, called for full implementation of the report, in order to “assuage those affected”.

On October 19, last year, Governor Nasir El-Rufai inaugurated the members of the commission, giving them a six-month deadline to probe reported acts of police Brutality and other offences in Kaduna.

“We concluded our public sitting on 22nd of June 2021, but due to some logistics, it became apparent that forwarding our report would not be possible within the time frame,” Justice Wyom explained.

In her Response, Dr Balarabe said the government would study the report and its recommendations in order to issue a White Paper.

She commended Justice Wyom and the seven other members of the Commission for their service to the state and country.

It’s on record that the Kaduna state government established the Commission with the aim of forging accountability and tackling unlawful conduct by police personnel.

It also aims to create a platform for victims and their families to receive redress for their sufferings and loss.

Reporting by Aminu Dalhatu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor