The Benue State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to look into issues associated with the 2020 nationwide EndSARS protest Thursday recommended N304.5million compensations to victims of Police brutality in the state.
It also recommended at least 10 police officers indicted for prosecution.
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Governor Samuel Ortom established the panel in October last year following resolve of the National Economic Council (NEC) for states to ensure justice for victims across the country.
The panel headed by Justice Adam Onum (retd) while presenting the reports of its findings to Governor Samuel Ortom, said in the course of the investigations, it discovered different levels of police brutality.
The panel said it received a total of 72 petitions out of which some were struck out while some petitions were withdrawn.
Justice Onum also noted that their findings showed some persons were brutally murdered by the police in cold blood, leaving families without respective heads and bread winners while some persons died in police custody, owing to complications arising from torture and other forms of abuse of police powers, including unwarranted denial of rights to bail.
He added that the report also indicated some persons suffered grievous bodily hurts, or nongrievous bodily hurts, in the hands of the police just as some property were destroyed or unjustly seized by the police while persons were subjected to intimidation, with the sole aim of extorting money from them.
Receiving the report, Ortom who was represented by his deputy, Benson Abounu, explained that the EndSARS protest had provided Nigerian leaders with the opportunity to correct decades of illegalities and injustices meted on the people.