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14th December - 25th December 2020
In the last two (2) months, the Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up in 26 States have received petitions from victims of police brutality, their representatives, and others as part of the response to the demands of the #EndSARS protests across major cities in Nigeria in October 2020. Reports from independent citizen observers deployed by Yiaga Africa across the states and the FCT indicate that states like Oyo, Kaduna and Kogi which constituted its Judicial Panels of Inquiry are yet to commence sitting but petitions are being received at the Panel Secretariat in Oyo and Kaduna States. Furthermore, Bayelsa state has commenced its panel sitting. Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara States are yet to set up their Panels.
Yiaga Africa and Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria commend the work of the Panels across the states as the number of petitions submitted is an indication of the desire of citizens to get justice for human rights violations. In addition, the petitions before the Panels and presentation of cases reinforce the need for a comprehensive reform of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.
In the week under review, Yiaga Africa’s independent citizen observers continued to attend the Panel hearings. In addition, with the holiday season, reports indicate that some of the Panels will proceed on recess for the Christmas holidays to resume in the last week of December or January 2021.
When the Panels resume, Yiaga Africa, Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria and other civic actors will continue to monitor proceedings, following through the process to provide information to citizens and promote accountability. In addition to the support by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Citizens’ Gavel is also providing legal support to help citizens document their evidence for the Panels.