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The Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up across Nigeria to investigate the excesses of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have continued sittings in the FCT and these 11 states in the week under review: Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Lagos, Osun, and Oyo.
On Saturday, March 27, the Osun State Panel concluded its public hearing and officially closed the Panel’s assignment. The Panel embarked on a two week break to enable it to draft findings from the Panel sittings and is expected to submit its recommendations to the state governor for implementation at the end of the break.
So far, eleven (11) states have concluded Panel sittings, with eighteen (18) states and the FCT still holding public hearings on cases of police brutality and human rights violations across the country.
Furthermore, while Kogi State constituted a Human Rights Special Intervention Group (HRSIG), the committee has not held panel sittings after its inaugural sitting. It is imperative to note that outcomes from the Judicial Panels of Inquiry is fundamental to rebuilding trust between citizens, particularly young people, and the Nigeria Police Force.
Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara States have consistently refused to constitute Judicial Panels of Inquiry in total disregard of the directive of the National Economic Council (NEC) to establish Judicial Panels of Inquiry by governors in Nigeria to investigate complaints of police brutality and extra-judicial killings.
Yiaga Africa and EiE Nigeria’s observation of the Panels of Inquiry will continue to provide information
to promote transparency and accountability and build citizens' confidence in the process.