EndSARS panel compensation: Lagos pays N420m, NBA faults Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Oyo, Benue for shunning payments
States, including Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Ogun, Enugu, Benue, Osun and Gombe, have yet to pay victims of police brutality a year after they set up panels on human rights violations.
The PUNCHon Wednesday said since the Federal Government directed the setting up of panels, which investigated complaints of human rights violations against the police, it should pay compensation for the victims.The PUNCHgathered that states that had not paid compensation as ordered by the panels included Akwa Ibom, Benue, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Gombe.
But it was learnt that Lagos State had paid N420m compensation to the victims.Following protests in 2020 against human rights violations by the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other police units, the National Economic Council directed states to set up judicial panels of inquiry to investigate the complaints, with a view to delivering justice for all victims of police brutality.
Findings indicated that no fewer than 16 had yet to submit their reports to NEC and pay compensation for the victims.It was gathered that some states, which had submitted their reports, had not paid the victims.#EndSARS liabilities belong to the FG – Akwa Ibom panel chair headtopics.com
The Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Judicial Panel on the review of Police Brutality, Justice Ifiok Ukana (retd.), in an interview withThe PUNCH, said the #EndSARS liabilities were on the shoulders of the Federal Government.He added that the panel was set up at the instant of the Federal Government.
Ukana stated, “It is the Federal Government that will pay. The panel was set up at the instant of the Federal Government through the office of the National Economic Council. So, the liabilities belong to them. When you are talking about atrocities committed by the police, they are controlled by the Federal Government. Forget about the assistance being made by state governments.
“What I know is that our report was finally given to the National Economic Council in the Vice- President’s office. That is the last we know.“The National Economic Council has met and the only hint we have had is that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the 2021 budget will accommodate payment of compensation.”
We will submit our report to Abuja, payment to be made from there – Oyo gov’s aideA member of the panel in Oyo State, Mr Babs Oduyoye, who is also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, told one of our correspondents, that payment would be made from Abuja after the state government had submitted the report to the Vice-President. headtopics.com
He stated, “Our approach is to do everything. Some states did it in piecemeal but we have done all the cases and made our recommendations and what remains is to get a date and submit our report to the state government“A copy of it will be sent to the NEC under Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja. From there, they can start paying the victims.”
Meanwhile, some of the victims of police brutality who took their cases to the panel told one of our correspondents on Wednesday that they had not been paid.Mr Atanda Jimoh, who is the father of Isiaka Jimoh, an apprentice shot dead in Ogbomoso, during the #EndSARS protest in 2020 told
The PUNCHthat he had not yet been paid.In Enugu State, the judicial panel has not reconvened since it suspended its sitting on August 10, 2021A member of the panel, Osimond Ugwu, confirmed to our correspondent that the committee had stopped sitting and that many petitions had yet to be heard.
Ugwu said that even as a member of the panel he could not categorically say whether the panel had concluded hearing or not.He stated, “About a week after the inauguration of the judicial panel, another panel, called Administrative Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality on #EndSARS was inaugurated to be working at the same but with different time terms of reference. headtopics.com
“While the administrative panel headed by Justice Obieze (retd,), which was limited to everything that happened during the #EndSARS protest, had three months to submit its findings, the judicial panel which was earlier inaugurated was concerned abou everything that had to do with acts of brutality and all forms of human rights violations including extra-judicial killings in Enugu State as long as they fall within the time of existence of the state and have to do with actions of the police.
“However, while the #EndSARS panel submitted reports in March this year, the judicial panel is still sitting.”In the North-East, the Gombe State Commissioner for Information Julius Ishaya, said the compensation had not been paid by the state government.
According to him, the compensation will be paid after the state government has set up another committee to study the #EndSARS panel report and produce a White Paper on it.We have not paid, report has been submitted to Abuja – OsunIn Osun State, Ayo Ologun, who is a member of the #EndSARS panel, said the committee ordered that N200m be paid to the victims.
Ologun said since the report was submitted to the governor on Thursday, August 5, nothing had been heard about its implementation.But the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, in a chat withThe PUNCH, said the government was on the verge of acting on the recommendations of the panel, when it was asked to submit the report to the Federal Government.
“We have submitted the report to the Federal Government but we have not started paying compensation before we were asked to submit the report and we did that,” Omipidan said.Ogun yet to pay victims of police brutalityAlso, victims of police brutality in Ogun State said they had not been paid compensation as ordered by judicial panel.
But several attempts to get the reasons for the delay in the payment of the compensation proved abortive as the government officials did not respond to the questions asked them.The state Commissioner for Information, Waheed Odusile, the Attorney-General of the state, Akingbolahan Adeniran, and the Chief Press Secretary to the governor , Kunle Somorin, did not respond to the messages sent to their phones.
The calls put through to Odusile was not answered while both Adeniran and Somorin could not be reached on the phone.Abuja #EndSARS panel budgets N150m for victimsMeanwhile, the Independent Investigative Panel probing allegations of human rights violations against SARS and the police says it has earmarked N150m for the payment of victims of police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Abuja.
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