A judicial panel of enquiry with a life span of six weeks will be set up in all states of the federation including the FCT to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra judicial killings; evaluate evidence presented and other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.
This was one of the decisions reached at the end of this month’s meeting of the national economic council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and had in attendance state governors of the federation.
The Council specifically resolved that State Governors and the FCT Minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains.
The governors will now chair a state based Special Security and Human Rights Committee that will supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.
Also NEC directed all State Governors to immediately establish a Victims Fund to enable the payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry, each State Government is to set up the Panel, will be chaired by a retired High Court Judge, with other members selected from Civil Society groups, One Retired Police Officer of high repute, One Youth Representative, One Student Representative, One Representative of the State Attorney-General Ministry and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission.
At the monthly NEC meeting, the director general of the Nigeria centre for disease control gave update on Nigeria’s COVID-19 response efforts, he says state performance in testing in the last month showed that state testing in September compared to August recorded decline in 18 States and improved testing in 19 others.