#EndSARS: Ugwuanyi, Okowa empanel bodies on extra-judicial killings

By AdvocateNews on 18/10/2020

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Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi addressing the EndSARS protesters in Enugu
Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi addressing the EndSARS protesters in Enugu

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Saturday, for the second time in two days, addressed a large crowd youths in the state who continued with the ongoing protest  against #PoliceBrutality in the country.

The governor announced the setting up of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings, as demanded by the protesters.

Ugwuanyi who addressed the #EndSARS protesters amid cheers, reiterated his endorsement to the state government’s position on the demands made by the protesting youth, disclosed that the panel will be chaired by a High Court Judge with two representatives of the Civil Society Groups and one retired Police Officer of high repute as members.

Other members of the panel, according to Governor Ugwuanyi, include one youth representative, one student representative, a representative of the State Attorney General and another from the Human Rights Commission.

The governor who applauded the protesters, led by two prominent artists, Flavor and Phyno, for the peaceful nature of the protest expressed the solidarity of the government and people of the state to their cause.

“We have also resolved that we will set up complaints commission which the public can relate by telephone or social media channels,” the governor said.

In a related development, the Delta State Government has constituted an eight-member judicial panel of enquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state.

A statement signed by Secretary to State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, in Asaba, said that the panel would receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings in the state from victims of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) or any other police unit, with a view to ascertaining their validity.

According to the statement, the panel has Justice Celestina Ogisi (retd) as Chairman and Mr Omamuzo Erebe as Secretary.

Other members of the panel are AIG David Igbodo (retd), Mr Harrison Gwamnishu representing the youths, Godwin Oyovweadjebore representing students, Mr Freedom Atsepoyi and Ambassador Eris Jewo–Ibi representing the civil society groups and Mr Nicholas Osadolor representing the Human Rights Commission.

Posted 18/10/2020 07:33:38 AM

 

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