#EndSARS: Edo panel pledges careful assessment of complaints, petitions

#EndSARS: Edo panel pledges careful assessment of complaints, petitions

The Chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on #EndSARS protest in Edo, retired Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, has promised that the panel will carefully assess all complaints and petitions brought before it.

 

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Oct. 26 inaugurated the 22-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry to look into the circumstances surrounding the #EndSARS protest and police brutality in the state.

 

Ehigiamusoe told journalists on Tuesday in Benin that the panel had so far received nine petitions and would hold its inaugural sitting on Thursday.

 

She said that the panel’s terms of reference included receiving and investigating complaints of brutality by security agents, human rights violations or extra-judicial killings in the state.

 

She said that the panel would evaluate the evidence presented before it and recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

 

Ehigiamusoe said that the panel would also ascertain the level of involvement of police officers in the abuse of victims and recommend prosecution, where applicable.

 

She, therefore, appealed to the victims to submit verifiable evidence so as to enable the panel to carry out its assignment with ease.

 

Speaking, Mr Pius Oiwoh, the Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Edo State chapter, commended Obaseki for inaugurating the panel and vouched for the competence of the panel.

 

He said that the association would support the panel in its efforts to fulfil its assignment.

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