Five members of Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Extra Judicial killings have resigned its membership from the panel,siting nonchalant attitude of the state government towards the panel and failure to provide an enabling environment for the panel to discharge its duties.
This was contained in a statement which was signed jointly by the individuals namely Chijioke Ifediora, Henry Ugwu, Ebelechukwu Ngini, Osonwa Chukwuma and Chibuike Obiwuzie, Mr Chijioke Ifediora who addressed the press on behalf of the resigned members stated that the governments actions show that it doesn’t want the panel to discharge its duties and his Statement reads this in full
We were impressed when the government promptly constituted the panel to investigate cases of police brutalities and recommend compensation to victims, among other points in its terms of reference. Sadly, the sittings of the panel were characterised by inefficiency and poor organisation because the state government failed woefully to adequately provide for logistics for anything at all involving the proceedings of the panel.
“We are however now convinced beyond peradventure that the Anambra State government has no regard for the victims of the many human rights violations by the police in the state. The government has totally ignored the panel, and has simply set up the panel to play to the gallery.
“Many victims and other interested stakeholders have been communicating the panel’s secretariat or its members in a bid to know why the panel is no longer sitting despite more than 250 petitions which have been unattended to. We firmly refuse to be pawns in the game of the government, so we hereby resign our appointments into the Anambra State Panel and completely dissociate ourselves from all the charade put up to give lip service to the plights of residents of Anambra State.”
Our correspondent recalls that the Obiano administration, while setting up the panel in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest, announced the release of N200m as compensation for victims whose cases were proven.
We await the reaction of the Government to this action by the youth Representative of the Panel
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