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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Wednesday awarded N287million in compensation to 74 beneficiaries of police brutality.

The panel is investigating violations of human rights by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.

It was gathered that the panel was set up by the Federal Government in November 2020 following the “ENDSARS Protest” which was triggered by nationwide allegations of Police brutality.

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According to a report the first batch of N146million compensation was awarded on Dec. 23, 2021, to 26 persons

Speaking, the chair, NHRC governing board, Dr Salamatu Suleiman, congratulated the petitioners for their faith in the human rights mechanism in Nigeria.

” As an Independent National Human Rights Institution, the commission will continue to exercise its mandate to promote and protect the rights of every Nigerian.

” While we look forward to receiving the final report of Justice Galadima’s panel, the commission will work towards putting in place a permanent mechanism.

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” We all upon Nigerians to continue to uphold their rights and make good use of the offices of the commission in the 36 states and the FCT to report violations of their rights,” She said.

Similarly, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Anthony Ojukwu, SAN, described the occasion as very significant in many respective.

He said the amount today cannot solve all the problems but it is symbolic.

Ojukwu urged all not to take laws into their hands because this gesture by the government is an indication that we are moving forward.

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Also, speaking the chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima,( rtd) thanked everyone that made it lighter throughout the two-year period of their assignment.


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