Taraba: Months after panel’s assignment, victims of police brutality yet to receive compensation
Several months after the Christopher Awubra led panel of inquiry on police brutality completed their assignments in Taraba State, the fate of the petitioners has remained uncertain.
There are reports that the panel was unable to tidy its reports for onwards transmission to the National Economic Council because of
the paucity of funds.
The panel which was inaugurated in September 2021, by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, has reportedly completed its assignments and produced a report with the findings, recommendations as well as the amount awarded to each of the petitioners.
Some of the panel members who confided in our correspondent expressed worry at the state government’s inability to fast track the payment of damages as awarded by the panel.
Some members of the panel who spoke anonymously said, “petitioners from other states have started receiving monies awarded to them while considerations on the amounts to pay to victims from states that recently submitted their reports to NEC is ongoing”.
A counsel to some petitioners, Joseph Simon, said it was worrisome that the state government has refused to facilitate the entire process.
He stressed that the government’s action has caused the victims trauma, insisting that placing the right people in position will go a long way to address their predicaments.
Recall that victims of Police brutality who petitioned the panel of inquiry recently embarked on a peaceful protest to the government to register their annoyance at the way and manner the government has been treating their cases with kid gloves.
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