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BEFORE THE JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY IN MAKURDI

BACKGROUND:


flowing from the agitation to put an end to the alleged violations of Human Rights

by the Special Anti-Robbery Squared (SARS) and other units of the police, on the

recommendation of the National Executive Council (NEC) chaired by the Vice-

President, a Judicial Panel of Enquiry was set up to investigate acts of brutality

and rights violations perpetrated by operatives of the defunct Special Anti-

Robbery Squad (SARS). It was the recommendation of (NEC) that the panel be set

up in all the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory. In

exception of 5 states in the North-West region, comprising of Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi,

Sokoto and Zamfara, the panel of enquiry was set up in all other states of the

Federation.

Lawyers Alert, a Human Rights Organization, whose mission is ‘To empower

women and vulnerable groups through knowledge of their rights and accessible

means of enforcing the same, took up the responsibility of representing women

appearing before the panel in all the 36 states of the federation.


CASE 3:

JACENTHA MELLADU VS A.I.G ZONE 4 (BSJPI/040/21)

FACTS: The petitioner in 2016, was arrested, harassed, intimidated, detained and

subjected to further inhuman treatment by men of the Nigerian Police Force in

Makurdi the Benue state capital. She filed an action in court with motion No:

MHC/127/2016 for enforcement of her fundamental rights. The court in

judgment, awarded the sum of N500,000.00 to the petitioner, the said sum the

police has refused to honour. The petitioner has approached the Judicial panel of

inquiry to seek justice and compel the police to honour the judgement of the

court.


CASE 4

WANDOO TERDOO TYOKUN VS SARS (BSJPI/40/20)

FACTS: The petitioner has approached the panel for justice over the extra judicial

killing of her husband by men of SARS in 2019.


CASE 5

MONICA ERDOO MAASHIN VS COP BENUE (BSJPI/062/21)

FACTS: The petitioner has approached the court to demand justice for the

extrajudicial killing of her younger brother by men of SARS in 2015 and deposited

his corps at the Federal medical center Makurdi mortuary with tally number 224

with an instruction for the body not to be released. The petitioner has

approached the panel to seek redress and demand for the release of the corps of

her brother so they could observe proper funeral rite for the deceased


OUTCOME:

The proceedings at the panel were scheduled to terminate on the 28 th day of May

2021. However, due to the industrial strike action embarked upon by the Judicial

staff union of Nigeria (JUSUN), there was an extension of 3 months for hearing of

petitions.

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry sitting in Makurdi the Benue state capital finally

terminated on the 15 th day of August 2021. The reports have been compiled but

are yet to be sent to the Office of the Executive Governor for undisclosed reasons.

Once the reports are submitted to the office of the Governor, there will be an

onward transmission of same to the National Economic Council where

implementation and disbursement will be carried out.

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