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#EndSARS: The Federal Government compensates 74 victims of police abuse with N289 million

74 victims of human rights violations perpetrated by the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force have been awarded a total of N289 million in compensation by the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of the #EndSARS campaign (NPF). A presentation of checks to the victims was placed at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja. The chairperson of the board expressed gratitude to those individuals who had filed complaints with the Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations concerning the prohibited SARS and other police units. She thanked them for having faith in the country's human rights mechanisms and for diligently presenting and pursuing their cases in front of the panel. She gave her word to the people of Nigeria that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is an independent institution, will continue to carry out its duties as outlined in the National Human Rights Commission Act. These duti

Compensation for police violence victims

The National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) panel's recent award of N147 million in compensation to 27 victims of police brutality is a positive step toward healing and achieving justice for the victims. Additionally, it will contribute to the reduction of police violence and impunity in Nigeria. The panel's ruling, which looked into human rights breaches committed by the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units, demonstrated that Nigerians would no longer accept cruel and humiliating treatment, notably extrajudicial executions, by security forces. Mr Anthony Ojukwu, the Commission's Executive Secretary, said clearly, "By paying victims, the NHRC seeks to alter the narrative of impunity." The commission is prepared to give redress for violations of Nigerians' rights. Wherever a breach occurs, a remedy must be instituted. The panel has embarked on a quest to restore human dignity." We concur with the allegation and praise the p