The federal government announced on Thursday that it will set up a judicial panel to investigate police brutality.
Amidst efforts to meet the demands of protesters, the government said a special fund to compensate victims of brutality will also be launched.
Vice-presidential spokesman Laolu Akande said the National Executive Council has set up a panel to investigate police brutality in the country and launched a special trust fund to compensate all victims of police brutality.
BREAKING:NEC TO GOVS:TAKE CHARGE OF POLICE TACTICAL UNITS
*JUDICIAL PANELS OF INQUIRY FORMED TO INVESTIGATE POLICE BRUTALITY IN ALL STATES & FCT *COUNCIL ALSO DIRECTS SPECIAL FUND IN ALL STATES TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF BRUTALITY
*States, FCT to form Security & Human Rights C'ttee
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) October 15, 2020
“NEC to govs: take charge of police tactical units. Judicial panels of inquiry formed to investigate police brutality in all states and FCT. Council also directs special funds in all states to compensate victims of brutality. States, FCT to form security and human rights committee’, Mr. Akande said in a post on Twitter.
The move came amidst persistent protest by Nigerians in many states across the country and abroad, demanding that the government dismantle the rogue Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian police.
SARS has been abolished, but protesters are also requesting that the police stop repressing the movement, unconditionally release all detained protesters and visibly begin police reform.