The National Economic Council (NEC) on Friday asked states’ governors to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and other security agencies in their states.
NEC made this resolution at the end of its fifth virtual meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The council also directed the immediate establishment of state-based judicial panels of inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, NEC said such panels would ensure the delivery of justice for all victims of brutality by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.
The council resolved that governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains.
The communiqué read: “The judicial panels which would be set up in all the states will include representatives of youths, students, civil society organisations and will be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge.
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“The council also directed that state governors should immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors in their States, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.
“The idea of the special security and human rights committee in all states of the federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formations and other security agencies in the state consistently protect the human rights of citizens.
“Members of the Special Committee will also include representatives of youths and civil society.
“The head of police tactical units in each of the states will also be a member of the committee.”