EndSARS panel conveys dismay over police absence at sitting

The #EndSARS Independent Investigative Panel has yesterday conveyed dismay over the failure of the police to show up for its sitting in Abuja.

Mr. Hillary Ogbonna, secretary for the Abuja panel made the expressed the panel’s dismay while speaking to newsmen on the failure of police to be at the panel sitting, yesterday.

Following the #EndSARS protests in 2020, the panel was set up by the Federal Government in November 2020 after nationwide allegations of police brutality.

The panel was established to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Ogbonna communicated surprise that none of the police officials expected was present at the panel despite endeavors by the panel to deliver its assigned tasks at a stipulated period.

“If this non-punctuality attitude of the police becomes a pattern, it is capable of bringing setback to the mandate of the panel.

“The panel will continue to engage the police authority and other stakeholders to seek their cooperation to ensure that justice is done to the victims of police brutality. The record of the entire proceedings, especially today’s, will be given to the police without any charge,” he said.

The panel had reportedly adjourned sitting on December 23, 2021 and resumed on March 1, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army (NA) has cautioned Nigerians against falling prey to tricks of fraudsters, who forged a recruitment portal online publicising recruitment of candidates into NA 83 Regular Recruit Intake.

According to Army spokesman, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu: “Following this unwholesome development, the NA wishes to clearly inform the general public that there is no ongoing recruitment, as published in the fake portal.

“The information is false, misleading and aimed at defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. The general public is, therefore, enjoined to be weary of fake online recruitment vendors, who are desperately hunting victims.”

He remarked that recruitment advertisements by the army were usually publicized in national dailies.

“We advise members of the public to shun the portal in its entirety. The link to the fake portal in circulation is: https://recruitment.army.mil.ng/darrr,” he said.

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