Saturday, January 15, 2022

Gbajabiamila : We’re waiting for the IGP to list the policemen that had complaints and list of the victims so that they can be compensated.

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perhaps, a little and see what will be done. In the House, before the protest, we made a statement, I made a statement on the floor of the House. We made far-reaching resolutions. We’ve been very proactive on this issue.

Speaking during a courtesy call by the NBA leadership in his office on Wednesday, the Speaker said: “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate Nigerians out there, who have been part of this struggle, and I want to appeal at the same time that we should apply the brake.

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We’re determined to pursue the resolutions of the House forcefully, for want of a better word.

Our resolutions included that we discovered section 215 (5) almost gives absolute immunity to the police over what they do.

I believe it was well-intended but now it’s obnoxious. From that, we can raise any other reforms to look at the complaints from the public, from the NBA, the civil societies etc.

We’re waiting for the IGP to send us the list of policemen that had complaints against them in the last five years. We’re also waiting for the list of the victims so that they can be compensated. We’re beginning the budget process and we want to make sure that there’s a line item that ensures they’re compensated.

The resolutions also talked about police reform. We already passed the Police Reform Act, but we need to do more. We need to look at the conditions of service, etc.

”We gave ourselves 30 days to come up with a piece of legislation. We’re working assiduously to achieve the timeline we set for ourselves,” Gbajabiamila said.

The Speaker announced that the House would raise an Adhoc panel that would interface with the NBA on the issue of police brutality & others.

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The NBA President, OlumideAkpata, had earlier told the Speaker that the visit was to discuss the issue of police brutality and see how the contentious issues could be addressed.

He expressed delight that the House was already doing a lot on the matter, saying Nigerians were eager to see how the matter would be resolved.

“We at the NBA are resolute to collaborate with you on the issues,” he said. and see how the contentious issues could be addressed.

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He expressed delight that the House was already doing a lot on the matter, saying Nigerians were eager to see how the matter would be resolved.

“We at the NBA are resolute to collaborate with you on the issues,” he said.

In his response to #EndPolicebrutality, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila asked the NBA president to identify all the police stations where people were detained for the House to raise a delegation that would meet with the NBA and get them released.

Meanwhile, the Speaker also hosted the leadership of the National Human Rights Commission (NhrcNigeria) led by the Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, where he raised the same issues relating to police brutality and what the House is doing about it.

The Speaker also sought a partnership with the commission as part to efforts to find lasting solutions to human right abuses.

On his part, Ojukwu informed the Speaker that it was important to come up with an investigative panel that would consider the cases of human rights violations by the police and listen to victims of police brutality.

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