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Victims of police brutality petition Ishaku, seek Osibanjo’s intervention


Victims of police brutality in Taraba State have taken their grievances to the National Economic Council (NEC), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, after delays by the state government in compensating them.

In a petition written collectively by the victims, they passionately called on the leadership of the Commission to, as a matter of urgency, intervene as they are fast losing their patients.

Stressing how they have already lost confidence on the state government, they said “we are compelled to communicate to your esteemed office directly concerning our plights ” adding that, “because from all indications, the state government is unwilling to give the panel the needed financial support to make the report ready for onward transmission to the NEC which you are the chairman.”

Since the panel, which was led by Justice Christopher Awubra completed its assigned responsibilities several months ago, the reports observed that it is yet to be submitted.

Findings indicated that the inability of the government to make funds available to the panel is hindering the tidying up of the report.

Disturbed by the development, which the victims believed is telling negatively on them, they pleaded with the Commission to mount pressure on Ishaku’s administration to do the needful.

In their petition, they affirmed that “we are aware of the directive that emanated from your office to the state governments to submit the report.”

Despite the directive, they felt sad “the Taraba State government is yet to submit the report ” which according to them “the panel has since completed public hearings of petitions since May 17, 2021.”

The victims who could not fathom why the government has continued to drag its feet, said “we are left with no option than to respectfully request for your intervention so that the state government can make the report ready to enable us to get compensation accordingly. ”

While lamenting that some of the victims “have lost their lives ” others, as lucidly stated in the petition copy which was also made available to the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission “have been permanently incapacitated and in dire need of money to access better medical treatment.”

The said petition, which was jointly written by the 47 victims of police brutality and other security agencies, was signed on their behalf by Ali Danladi, Osita Gabriel, Pius Nyado and John K. Yunana.

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