By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Kaduna State Government has set up a judicial panel of inquiry into acts of police brutality in the state, in line with the resolution of the National Economic Council (NEC).
Recalls that the NEC mandated state governors to constitute panels of inquiry and other steps to ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their states.
A statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Kaduna State Governor, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye on Friday, said that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry would be inaugurated on Monday, 19th October.
According to the statement, Justice David Shiri Wyom (rtd) is the Chairman of the seven-member panel, AIG Lawal Tanko (rtd) is a member, Rebecca Sako-John and Mustapha Jumare represent the civil society.
The statement also said that Yakubu Umar Ibrahim represents students, while Nathaniel Sheyi Bagudu and Inna Binta Audu, will represent the youth and National Human Rights Commission respectively.
According to the statement, Hajara Abubakar, acting Director, Citizens Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice, represents the Attorney-General of Kaduna State.
It said, “Representatives of civil society and youth groups will be appointed to join the governor and heads of security agencies deployed in Kaduna State, on the Special Security and Human Rights Committee that will oversee the activities of these security agencies.’’
‘’This will be followed by the appointment of members of the Human Rights Complaints Team and the posting of these officers to a Complaints Office to enable members of the public lodge reports on the activities of security agencies and that will be forwarded to the Special Security and Human Rights Committee for appropriate action.”