EndSars panel suspends sittings over fund paucity in C’River
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The Cross River State EndSars and Police Brutality Panel has suspended sitting due to lack of funds.
Our reporter gathered that the panel which is headed by former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Michael Edem stopped sitting since three weeks ago with many petitions left untreated.
A source close the Panel, who did not want his name mention, said “Series of letters have been written to the governor but he has not responded to any of them and there are still many petitions yet to be heard.”
According to him, from the time schedule given to the panel, it ought to round off proceedings on 16th April, but noted that from all indications, that date may no longer be feasible.
“The panel is yet to make recommendations on cases already heard but there are still quite a number of cases not heard and those yet to be concluded so there is obviously a stalemate,” he stated.
Investigations further showed that that the governor may have turned a blind eye to demand for funds since the panel had continuously embarked on admitting new cases even after the expiration of the time for submission of petitions had elapsed.
Another source in Government House Calabar, who also craved anonimity, said “The panel had a time frame and from records, the cases which were submitted on schedule were few but what is going on is that some cases are being submitted through the backdoor and His Excellency is not too happy with that situation.’