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#EndSARS Panel Crippled by Lack of Fund Resumes Sitting

The #EndSARS panel set up to scrutinize litigations of police brutality in Abuja will resume sitting on Monday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) announced in a statement.

This comes nearly seven months after the panel last hearing in March. The panel was paralyzed by lack of allocation from the Federal administration.

The NHRC’s 11-member Independent Investigative Panel generally indicated as #EndSARS panel, was inducted on October 21, 2020 to survey various forms of rights infringements perpetrated by the detectives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police regiments.

The setting up of the panel replicated in about 29 states and Abuja was spurred by the nationwide #EndSARS anti-police brutality protest led by the youth against brutal activities of men of the defunct SARS in October last year.

The protest secured SARS was proscribed, with administrations promising broad police reforms and setting up of the judicial councils of inquiry across the states to award reimbursement to victims.

The Suleiman Galadima-led panel last sat in Abuja on March 24, 2021, when it proclaimed a two-week Easter halt, but never resumed.

The hiatus was due to "some logistics challenges," NHRC's spokesperson, Fatima Mohammed, said in the commission's statement, ignoring "insinuations that the committee had fizzled out."

According to the statement, the panel is anticipated to take ultimate written and oral discourses in eight petitions, on Monday, motioning the conclusion of the lawsuits and adjournment for the panel's report.

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