The Independent Investigative Panel on Human Right Violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and other Units of the Nigeria Police Force, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, awarded N289 million as compensation to 74 victims of police brutality.
Led by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Suleiman Galadima, the Panel awarded compensation, after it considered a total of 297 petitions that were brought before it by either victims or their family members.
Vanguard reports that the secretary of the panel, Mr. Hillary Ogbonna, disclosed that allegations in the petitions that were determined, bordered on extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, cruel/degrading and inhumane treatment by police officers, prolonged detention, abuse of power, as well as non-payment of judgement debts.
“We have not gotten to where we want to be, but surely, we will get there,” Ojukwu added.
DECENCY GLOBAL NEWS earlier reported that the Panel which had its inaugural sitting in November 2020, had by December 23, 2021, awarded an aggregate sum of N146 million as compensation to 27 victims of police brutality.
The money awarded on Wednesday would be the second tranche of compensation to victims and family members.