Taraba: Our clients in dilemma – Lawyers of police brutality victims raise alarm

Barely a day after the victims of police brutality in Taraba State took their grievances to the National Economic Council (NEC), solicitors of the 47 victims have treaded the same path.

The 47 victims, it would be recalled, had on Monday petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo through the NEC, asking it to prevail on Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to make funds available for the panel to tidy up their report for onward transmission.

In a petition jointly written by them, a copy of which was on Tuesday made available to BBNAIJA ONLINE”, the lawyers expressed dismay at the way and manner the state government turned its back on the panel.

The petition was tagged “non submission of Taraba state ENDSARS panel report ” the lawyers felt sad that “despite the conclusion of the sitting of the panel for more than two months, our clients are in dilemma regarding the issue of compensation that will be paid to them.”

Citing the directive that came out from the office of the Vice President demanding for the immediate submission of the panel’s report, they felt dejected at the alleged refusal of the state government to assist the panel financially.

Citing other states who have not only submitted their reports but have as well begun the process of compensating the victims , they said they could not fathom why the reverse is always the case with the government of the state.

Part of the petition reads, “this is particularly worrisome because most states of the federation have submitted theirs, while some have even commenced payment 9f compensation to the victims.”

Stressing how “disturbed” their clients are, the “indications” according to them ” are convincing enough that the report is not ready due to lack of funds”.

Also expressing sadness over the sittings, they noted that “even the sitting of the panel was not well funded” stressing that “apart from the payment of the panel members allowance for one month, nothing has been given to the panel to make the report available so that the victims can be given the requisite compensation as recommended.”

They said, “we are respectfully urging your excellency’s esteemed office to intervene for the sake of the victims by making appropriate communication to the office of the state governor to make funds available to the panel to enable it prepare the report and submit same to the NEC which your excellency chair, for possible implementation and recommendations.

Copies of the petition, which was signed by Barrister Simon Joseph, were made available to the three senators representing the state at the National Assembly.