02 November 2020 by Bilkisu Kambai
The Judicial Panel constituted by Governor Simon Bako Lalong to investigate complaints of Police Brutality and Extra-judicial killings in Plateau State has pledged to do justice in course of the assignment.
Chairman of the Panel and a Retired Judge of the Plateau State High Court, Justice Philomena Lot stated this during the inaugural sitting of the panel held at Azi Nyako Youth Centre, Jos.
It will be recalled that the Governor recently constituted the Panel in line with recommendations of the National Economic Council (NEC) for establishment of State-based judicial Panels of Inquiry by Governors to hear complaints and ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their States.
Lot said the Panel would ensure Justice and Fairness to all matters relating to human rights abuses during the Endsars Protest.
She disclosed that the Panel has Six months within which to complete the assignment and submit the report.
Lot urged those with genuine complaints to forward and file them as well as submit ten copies of the complaint addressed to the tribunal chairman duly signed with their names and addresses.
The Panel also urged those appearing before it to be precise in their Submissions to avoid unnecessary arguments and legal technicalities to enable them do justice to the matters.
However the Nigerian Bar Association Jos Branch through it’s Chairman, Yakubu Bawa commended the Constitution of the panel by the Governor and said the Branch is offering Free legal services to all Members of the Public who were Victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Police Units.
He also noted that the NBA Jos Branch Human Rights Help Desk can be contacted at the NBA Jos Branch Secretariat.
Members of the Human Rights Commission and Representative of the Plateau State Police Commissioner attended the inaugural sitting.