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As EndSARS protest reverberates, States rush to set up Judicial Panel of Enquiry

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Protesting youths over Police brutality at the Government House Gate, in Asaba. PIX: BRIPIN ENARUSAI

SAT, OCT 17 2020-theG&BJournal-Delta State has become the latest state in the country to set up a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

A statement signed by Secretary to State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, in Asaba, said that the panel, as approved by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, would receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra–judicial 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.

The statement added that the panel was also expected to recommend compensation or other remedies appropriate for each case.

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, Comrade 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.

The statement said that the panel would be inaugurated on Monday, 19th October 2020 at the Government House, Asaba.

Kaduna State Last Thursday constituted an 8-man Panel for the same purpose. The State government said representatives of the civil society and youth groups will be appointed to join the Governor and heads of security agencies deployed in Kaduna State on the Special Security and Human Rights Committee that will oversee the activities of security agencies.

Ekiti State has similar Panel already in place, set up by the State’s Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

He equally revealed plans by his administration to revisit the creation of the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to develop the grassroots and bring governance closer to the people promising to forward a bill to that effect for immediate consideration.

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