Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of police brutality set up by the Taraba State Government said it has so far received 11 petitions.
Justice Christopher Awubra, the Chairman of the panel, disclosed this at the inaugural meeting of the panel in Jalingo.
Awubra assured the public that the panel would treat testimonies by witnesses with utmost confidentiality, while he guaranteed the safety of those testifying before the panel. He urged the public to come forward with their complaints and petitions to the panel with the assurance that at the end of the day, justice would be served.
“You are all welcome to this very important inaugural meeting of this panel. We had some logistic issues that have delayed our take off but they have now been addressed.
Let me assure you that the lives of those coming to testify at this Commission will be sufficiently protected as the panel will not operate or allow impunity or intimidation of anyone testifying here.” He said
“Complaints, petitions, memoranda from the public are welcome. We have commenced sittings and we have pledged to look at issues objectively and to pursue justice with every iota of sincerity. If you have any issue that needs to be heard, we are here for you and we would take it up with the assurance that you will get redress.”
The chairman said because of the difficult geographical landscape of the state, the commission might consider having sittings in some of the remote areas. Awubra said this was to avail the people who ordinarily might not be able to make it to the state capital an opportunity to present their complaints.
He advised the people to submit their petitions in 10 copies with 1.5 line spacing within 10 days, he concluded.