By: ABBA BASHIR; Obumnaeme Ukeje
The National Human Right Commission says over four hundred and thirty-eight billion naira has been paid as compensation to families of the victims of the endsars protest which occurred in October 20, 2020.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu revealed this in Abuja while receiving the judicial pannel report from a non-governmental Organization, Enough is Enough. The report findings were from four states, namely, Anambra, Fct, Lagos and Oyo States.
Mr. Tony said a total of twenty-nine Pannels were set up across twenty-nine States to investigate complaints on human rights violation that arose from the endsars protest but only sixteen states have submitted their report.
The Human Right Chief Officer urged the remaining states to submit their reports as soon as possible.
During the question-and-answer session, the Chairman, Human Right Institute of the Nigerian Bar Association and General Counsel, National SARS Pannel, MR Chinonye Obiagwu said lack of political will and commitment on the part of the government was a major challenge to getting justice for the victims.
Mr. Chinonye expressed worry that about forty endsars suspects have been in detention since June 2023 and have not been charged to court.
The Executive Director, non-governmental organization, Enough is Enough Nigeria, Yemi Adamolekun said the newly launched unit for special intervention by the Nigerian Police Force was apt as the unit would be saddled with the responsibility of responding and combat the menace of violent crimes in the country.
Ms. Yemi while presenting the findings made by her organization was optimistic that at the end of the judicial Pannel investigations, the victims of endsars protest would get justice and their families duly compensated.
Correspondent Obumnaeme Ukeje reports that representatives of the US and German embassies as well as Amnesty International were present at the occasion.