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#EndSARS: Ex chief justice heads Ebonyi judicial panel against police brutality

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By Ruth Oginyi

Government of Ebonyi State Tuesday during security council meeting set up judicial panel of inquiry against police brutality, extra-judicial killings and human rights violation in the state headed by retired Chief justice of the state, Justice Alloy Nwankwo.

Governor David Umahi had on Monday while addressing some youths on #EndSARS protest in Abakaliki, promised to address all accustion against the defunct special anti Robbery squad (SARS) of Nigeria police force.

#EndSARS protesters besieged  government house Abakaliki during their protest against police brutality and human rights abuses by the police and demanded the setting of judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the excesses of the police in the state as well as extortion.

Members of the panel were sworn-in at the new Governor’s office at Centenary city, Abakaliki.

Members of the judicial panel of inquiry include Rtd. Justice Alloy Nwankwo as the Chairman, a retired Assistant Inspection General of Police, Kelvin Opoke, Igwe Uche, Olisa Nwuruku, Emmanuel Obasi, Louisa Nwebonyi,  Christopher Okorie as members while Emmanuel Onwe is to serve as Secretary.

Umahi while addressing the panel, commended the #EndSARS protesters in the state for conducting themselves orderly and urged them to channel their complaints to the panel.

Stressing that it is their right to carry out the protest but let it be peacefully.

He maintained that there would be no road blocks in any part of the state while urging motorists and okada riders to stop giving money to policemen.

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