- The federal government has started plans to probe police brutality
- The National Economic Council (NEC) has directed governors to set up judicial panels that will look into cases of violence by the police in Nigeria
- NEC also ordered the establishment of a human rights committee that will work with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team
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The National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the immediate establishment of state-based judicial panels of inquiry to oversee issue linked to police brutality.
According to the NEC, the panel which will be set up in all Nigerian states is to receive and investigate complaints of all sorts of violence by operatives of the force and deliver justice to victims eventually, Daily Trust reports.
The council also directed all governors to form and head special security and human rights committee to supervise the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.
NEC disclosed that the panels will comprise youths, students, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and headed by state high court judges.
The ultimate goal of the committee to oversee the functions of the newly formed team is the protection of the rights of Nigerians.
Governors and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister are also required to build a sustainable relationship with all protesters.
Even more, the governors have been directed by the council to establish a Victims Fund for the payment of monetary compensation.
Also, the judicial panel was given a six-month period to conclude its new assignment across the 36 states.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army issued a stern warning to those it described as "subversive elements and trouble makers" amid ongoing protest against police brutality and call for good governance.
In a statement released on Wednesday, October 14, by its director of public relation Sagir Musa, the force expressed its commitment to "defend the country and her democracy at all cost."
Musa said as a law-abiding institution, the Nigerian Army also pledged its "unalloyed loyalty and commitment to President Muhammadu Buhari" as the commander in chief and the Nigerian leader.
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