…As Kogi committee receives, commence hearing of petitions on police brutality
The Human Rights Special Intervention Group (HRSIG) in Kogi says it has received six petitions and complaints on all human right violations by the Law Enforcement Agencies.
Chairman, Kogi HRSIG, Barr. Ibrahim Alhassan, disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja at a Public Hearing on ENDSARS# Protest, Complaints and Petitions on Human Rights Violations and Brutality By Law Enforcement Agencies.
The HRSIG committee was constituted by Kogi State Government through the office of the Public Defender and Citizens Rights Commission (PDCRC).
He said that the committee had received six petitions, which was why the committee had called for public hearing to determined those petitions from the petitioners.
He stressed that the committee was still open to receiving more complaints on human rights violations, and urged aggrieved residents of Kogi to come and submit their petitions.
“The Public hearing is to allow all petitioners to come forward and present their complaints before the committee; while the law enforcement agencies would also be given the opportunity to give their own side of the story.
“This is to ensure that the preservation of the fundamental rights of citizens of the state as enshrined in the Constitution are maintained and sustained.”
Chairman of Governing Council PDCRC, Barr. Muizudeen Abdullahi, said the public hearing was in line with the responsibility of government to preserve the sanctity of human person, maintain and enhance human dignity of every citizen as provided under Section 17(2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
He explained that in the wake of ENDSARS protest in Nigeria, Governor Yahaya Bello, directed Kogi PDCRC to constitute HRSIG, to intervene, investigate and rapidly resolve complaints of brutalities by law enforcement agencies in the state.
”We seek for the cooperation of all parties so as to enable a successful deliberation and resolution of all petitions presented before the committee.
”Petitioners are urged to present their complaints without any fear but courteously as they have the protection of the law, the State and the commission.
”The Respondents are also encouraged to participate with all civility so as to see that cases of brutalities and violations of rights are absolutely stamped out of the state.
One of the petitioners, who was represented by Elenimobuno and Associates, told the committee that his house was demolished by the dusbanded SARS on March 20, 2017, without the order of the court.
The petitioner said that his prayer was for him to be compensated for his house that was illegally demolished by the police, in Okehi Local Government Area of the state.