Kaduna gives judicial commission six months to probe cases of police brutality

October 19, 2020
15 Views

The Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe has given the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into police brutality six months to conclude its work and submit its report, saying that the demand for accountability in policing is a national issue.

She noted that the federal and state governments have endorsed the demand for reforms to policing, and described the constitution of the inquiry as a firm signal that impunity will not be tolerated.

Dr Balarabe who made this known while inaugurating members of the commission on Monday said that the inquiry is aimed at establishing accountability for unlawful conduct by police personnel.

According to the acting governor, the commission will also create “a platform for victims and their families to receive redress for their pain and loss.”

Dr Balarabe recalled that serious concerns about police accountability have in the last two weeks been expressed with unmistakable clarity.

“While the youth of this country have been at the forefront of making the urgent resolution of this issue a national priority, there is no doubt that on this matter they speak for more than only their demographic,” she added.

The groundswell of support the youth have attracted reflects a widespread view that the crisis of policing is a national emergency, adding that there is a need for an inquiry, she said.

“Such an inquiry would also, along with other actions, help enthrone the principle that the police as the prime law enforcement agency in Nigeria must itself be governed by and uphold the rule of law,” she added.

Dr Balarabe noted that “the emergence of sustained institutional mechanisms for an independent review of police actions will help provide safeguards against abuse of police powers.

“It will also help build public confidence that we can build a police service that can be relied upon to enforce the law fairly and impartially,” she further said.

The acting governor argued that it is time to devolve policing powers and institute necessary safeguards for lawful conduct and protection of human rights “as recommended by the APC Committee of the federalism chaired by our governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.”

She pointed out the anomaly of the fact that the federal government deploys all policemen to but their operations are being funded by state governments.

The acting governor said that the commission will “receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings.

“Evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.”

The seven-member commission has retired Justice David Shiri Wyom as chairman and AIG Lawal Tanko (rtd) as a member while Rebecca Sako-John and Mustapha Jumare represent the civil society.

Yakubu Umar Ibrahim represents students while Nathaniel Sheyi Bagudu and Tergu Gwar will represent the youth and National Human Rights Commission respectively.

Hajara Abubakar, acting director, Citizens Right Department of the Ministry of Justice, represents the Attorney-General of Kaduna State.

YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THESE HEADLINES FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

ICYMI: Presidential Panel On Police Reforms Agrees To Meet All Demands By #EndSARS Protesters

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has convened a meeting with stakeholders and has agreed to meet all demands raised by the #EndSARS protesters, which include halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.

ICYMI: Lagos To Compensate Victims Of #EndSARS Protest With N200m ― Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the state government has earmarked N200million as compensation for families of victims of #EndSars protest.

You may be interested

Ships & Ports CEO, Bolaji Akinola Bags PhD
Business
2 views
Business
2 views

Ships & Ports CEO, Bolaji Akinola Bags PhD

admin - December 6, 2020

BY YUSUF BABALOLA,Lagos Maritime and corporate communication expert, Bolaji Akinola, has bagged a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Media…

UNICEF, NOA Moves To Promote Birth Registration In Imo Communities
News
1 views
News
1 views

UNICEF, NOA Moves To Promote Birth Registration In Imo Communities

admin - December 5, 2020

ADVERTISEMENTBY EMMANUEL MGBEAHURIKE, Owerri UNICEF has advised parents/guardians in the 27 local government areas of the state to always ensure…

Insecurity: NAF Graduates 203 Combat Search, Rescue Special Forces
News
News

Insecurity: NAF Graduates 203 Combat Search, Rescue Special Forces

admin - December 5, 2020

ADVERTISEMENTBy Haruna Mohammed, Bauchi The Nigeria Air Force, NAF, has graduated 203 airmen and women combat search and rescue force…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.