Panel Indicts 72 Policemen, Awards N438.9 Million To Victims


No fewer than 72 police officers and men have been indicted by the Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations committed by the disbanded Special Armed Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force for roles they played during the Endsars protest.

At the same time, the Panel has recommended the payment of N438.88 million to the victims of police brutality.

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This is contained in the final report of the panel submitted to the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja today.

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The beneficiaries include a man who lost his limb after he was unjustly shot by a police officer and the family of a young man who was arrested by SARS operatives and who died in detention six years ago.

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In the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest, many states set up independent panels to probe rights violations by the police unit and other units of the Nigerian police. In Abuja, the Nigerian capital, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was saddled with the responsibility to conduct the probe.

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The NHRC set up an 11-member panel, which was inaugurated on 21 October 2020.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the setting up of the panels in 29 states and Abuja was spurred by the nationwide #EndSARS anti-police brutality protest led by the young Nigerians in October 2020.

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