The Lagos State government has extended the mandate of the state’s Judicial Panel on Restitution For Victims of SARS and other related matters for another three months.
This was disclosed by Justice Doris Okuwobi (retd.), Chairperson of the panel, at sitting on Saturday.
This is the second time a three-month extension will be granted to the panel, which is saddled with ensuring that justice is served for victims of police brutality in Lagos State.
Following the #EndSARS protest of October 2020 by Nigerians against police brutality, the Lagos State government set up the judicial panel of inquiry and restitution.
The terms of reference for the panel include investigating cases of human rights abuses by operatives of the now-disbanded SARS and other security agencies.
The panel was given a mandate of six months to hear petitions submitted by members of the public, while a total of N200 million was earmarked as compensation.
The panel’s sitting ought to have ended on April 19, but was extended by three months till July 19.
But according to Okuwobi, cases brought before the panel will be heard until October 19, 2021.
“Today is not the last day. We now have an extension till October 19. The tenure is continuous,” she said.
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