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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

#EndSARS: Anambra joins Lagos, Ekiti, Rivers, gets 32 member panel - ITREALMS

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The Anambra State government has joined some states in the federation to set up judicial panel of inquiry on the activities of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) especially against police brutality, reports ITREALMS.
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This came as already Lagos, Ekiti, Rivers, and Ekiti to name a few have since inaugurated their respective judicial panel of inquiry for the same purpose.

The panels were coming in response to the directive of the National Security Council meeting recently.

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry, ITREALMS gathered would look into the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Anambra State, according to Governor Willie Obiano who inaugurated the panel Tuesday at the Executive Chambers of Government House, Awka, the state capital.

The panel is headed by retired Justice Vivian Umeh and is in fulfillment of Governor Obiano’s promise to #EndSARS protesters on Thursday last week.

Other members of the panel are Barrister Uju Nwogu, Professor Theresa Obiekezi, Mr. Mark Okoye, Dr. Bonaventure Enemali and retired Air vice Marshal Ben Chiobi.

Also members are, Bishop Johnson Ekwe, Reverend Father Kenneth Oraebunam and Reverend John Ndubuisi who are the representatives of the Anglican, Catholic and Anambra State Christian Association of Nigeria respectively.

In addition other members of the panel are, Mr. Joseph Ekwunife, representing Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Igwe Nnamdi Oruche representing the Traditional rulers, representatives from women lawyers, NUAS, three senatorial zones, NYSC, Civil Liberties Organization, NYCN, ASATU and Ohaneze Youth, #ENDSARS Group and the Civil Society Network.

Governor Obiano commended the youth leadership in Anambra for an excellent conduct of themselves, exemplified by the way they lawfully carried out their protest.

ITREALMS equally gathered that the panel is the last of #EndSARS requests, which the governor said has one month to present it’s report.

In her remarks, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nworgu said that it is in fulfillment of Governor Obiano’s promise that all requests of the protesting youths were being granted, to continuation to find enduring solution to the immediate problem of the protesting youths, which she said will engender peace.

In her response, Justice Umeh expressed thanks to the Governor for the calm way he handled the protesters, noting that it lays credence to the conduct and character of Anambra State, assuring that the panel will do an excellent job.

Ozo Nweke Ozo/Editor

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