#EndSARS, kaduna protest

Trace Reporters –The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government to look into the allegations of police brutality has so far received over fifty petitions within two months.

Justice David Wyom, who is the Chairman of the panel, informed journalists on Thursday after the day session, held at Hassan Katsina House, Kawo (State House) Kaduna, that the panel has received over fifty petitions so far from the public.

He gave an assurance that the panel would be fair, transparent, and just to everyone and urged victims of police brutality and other human rights abuses to come forward with their petitions.

According to him, the panel has received over 50 petitions so far. “We have received over 50 petitions and we are trying all our best to ensure that genuine complaints are given attention so that aggrieved individuals can get justice.” He said

Justice David also said, they have entertained 18 petitions so far and will sit up to meet up with the time frame.

“So far, we have entertained 18 petitions. We will do our best to meet up with the time frame. Sometimes, Maybe we just have to close late.” He added.

Mr Wyom, said the panel’s sitting would continue next week by 10am, at the banquet hall of the State House, adding that the panel shall abide by the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Law Cap 34, Laws of Kaduna State, 1991, in its assignment.

The state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, set up the panel following the nationwide #EndSARS protests in October during which Nigerian youths called for an end to extra-judicial killings by men 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 complete its assignment.

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