Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission has paid about $700,000 (£607,000) in compensation to victims of police brutality.

Fifty-eight folks, primarily family members of victims of rights violations, had been awarded various sums.

It follows investigations into complaints by households of victims who accused the police of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, unlawful arrest and extended detentions in addition to unlawful seizure of properties.

The head of the human rights fee, Tony Ojukwu, said the cost was a gesture of apology to the victims from the government to acknowledge that their rights had been violated.

He noted that the money cost shouldn’t be seen as representing the precise cost of the violations or hurt suffered by victims; explaining that the fee’s mandate is to defend the rights of Nigerians.

In October 2020, police brutality and violation of human rights by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit triggered a nationwide protest with a hashtag #FinishSars.

Source: myjoyonline

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