Niger State Gov. signs two bills into law, receives report of Judicial Panel on Police Brutality

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Niger State Gov.Abubakar Sani Bello  

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has signed into law, the bill to provide for the Niger State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition), and for other connected matters thereto, as well as the bill to provide for Pre-marital Medical Examination in Niger State 2020. 

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mary Noel-Berje, stated that speaking after signing the bills into law at the Government House, Minna, the state capital, Gov. Sani Bello, described the two laws as significant. 

The governor noted that with the two laws particularly the law on Gender Based Violence Against Persons, all relevant agencies and committees connected with gender based issues will now have a legal backing in carrying out their responsibilities. 

He appreciated the State House of Assembly members for critically looking into the bills to ensure that they passed through all the necessary legislative procedures. 

The bill to provide for the Niger State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law and for other connected matters, was sponsored by Hajiya Binta Mamman, member representing Gurara State Constituency. 

Shaibu Liman Iya, member representing Suleja State Constituency sponsored the bill to provide for Pre-marital Medical Examination in Niger State 2020, aimed at ensuring that all necessary pre-marital examinations are carried out before marriage in the state. 

In another development, Gov. Sani Bello, has received the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate alleged p olice brutality and abuse of human rights in the state.

Presenting the report at the Government House Minna, Chairman of the Panel Justice Ishaku Usman, said the Panel received 17 petitions,  adding that 53 witnesses appeared before it,  while 50 exhibits were tendered which included; three teeth of a young lady,  three death certificates, 33 empty teargas canisters and four bullet shells.

Justice Usman said during the period of their inquest, they saw the good, the bad and the best of personnel of the Nigeria Police.

He disclosed that part of the recommendations of the Panel was that the virtue of empathy  should  be inculcated into the training and re-training of the Nigeria Police personnel so as to make them more humane in handling issues in the society.

The chairman, who said the Judicial Panel also discovered insubordination and impunity among the rank and file of the Nigerian Police, called for more discipline within the police force.

Responding, Gov. Sani Bello, commended the chairman and members of the panel for doing justice to the assignment given to them.

He called on the Federal Government to prioritise welfare of police as well as provision of adequate working equipment for optimal performance.

The governor, subsequently, inaugurated a White Paper Committee headed by Bello Dan-Yahaya, to go through the report and make recommendations for implementation. 

Impunity, insubordination rife in Nigeria Police Force

Other members of the White Paper Committee are; Alh. Adamu Panti Mohammed, Mr. Bala Joseph Dada and the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Securities, Aliyu Isah who is to serve as the Secretary.

Former Minister, Hajiya Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi (rtd) Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Jacob Dan’azumi Doma, and the former Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Barr. Adamu Usman expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the state and called for the speedy implementation of the Panel’s recommendations.

It would be recalled that Gov. Sani Bello had on  October 23, 2020, inaugurated a 14- man Judicial Panel of Inquiry to, among other things, investigate complaints of  alleged police brutality, abuse of human rights and other extrajudicial acts by the disbanded SARS, as well as make recommendations on ways to prevent reoccurrence.

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