By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
Yiaga Africa called on State Governments where Panels have been suspended to resume sitting and conclude the hearings.
This is as the NGO marked one year of the #EndSARS protest this October.
Yiaga Africa, in a statement issued on Friday, by Cynthia Mbamalu, its Director of Programs, also called on states where the Panels have concluded their sittings to release the Judicial Panels of Inquiry Reports and make it available to the public.
“As we mark one year of the #EndSARS protest this October, Yiaga Africa calls on the State Governments where Panels have been suspended to resume sitting and conclude the hearings.
“With 25 states concluding their sitting, it is quite worrying to observe that the Judicial Panels of Inquiry in 4 states – Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Kogi, and the FCT – suspended sitting for unknown reasons.
“So far, of the 25 states, only the reports of Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ekiti, Ondo and Nasarawa State Judicial Panels of Inquiry have been submitted and publicly presented to the state government for implementation of their recommendations. Bayelsa, Ekiti and Ondo state are the only states whose reports are available to the public.
“We also call on both the Federal and State Government to ensure the full implementation of the 5 for 5 demands which includes key proposals demanding immediate police reform critical to ensuring that police brutality is eliminated.”