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Taraba: Our clients in dilemma – Lawyers of police brutality victims raise alarm

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Barely a day after the victims of police brutality in Taraba State took their grievances to the Nationwide Financial Council (NEC), solicitors of the 47 victims have treaded the identical path.

The 47 victims, it might be recalled, had on Monday petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo via the NEC, asking it to prevail on Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to make funds obtainable for the panel to tidy up their report for onward transmission.

In a petition collectively written by them, a replica of which was on Tuesday made obtainable to DAILY POST, the legal professionals expressed dismay on the manner and method the state authorities turned its again on the panel.

The petition was tagged “non submission of Taraba state ENDSARS panel report ” the legal professionals felt unhappy that “regardless of the conclusion of the sitting of the panel for greater than two months, our shoppers are in dilemma relating to the problem of compensation that can be paid to them.”

Citing the directive that got here out from the workplace of the Vice President demanding for the rapid submission of the panel’s report, they felt dejected on the alleged refusal of the state authorities to help the panel financially.

Citing different states who haven’t solely submitted their studies however have as effectively begun the method of compensating the victims , they mentioned they may not fathom why the reverse is at all times the case with the federal government of the state.

A part of the petition reads, “that is notably worrisome as a result of most states of the federation have submitted theirs, whereas some have even commenced fee 9f compensation to the victims.”

Stressing how “disturbed” their shoppers are, the “indications” in response to them ” are convincing sufficient that the report will not be prepared as a result of lack of funds”.

Additionally expressing disappointment over the sittings, they famous that “even the sitting of the panel was not effectively funded” stressing that “aside from the fee of the panel members allowance for one month, nothing has been given to the panel to make the report obtainable in order that the victims could be given the requisite compensation as really useful.”

They mentioned, “we’re respectfully urging your excellency’s esteemed workplace to intervene for the sake of the victims by making applicable communication to the workplace of the state governor to make funds obtainable to the panel to allow it put together the report and submit identical to the NEC which your excellency chair, for attainable implementation and suggestions.

Copies of the petition, which was signed by Barrister Simon Joseph, have been made obtainable to the three senators representing the state on the Nationwide Meeting.

 

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