Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, inaugurated an eight-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and/or related extra judicial killings in the state.
It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi while addressing the protesting youth last Saturday, disclosed that his administration had set up the panel as part of the measures to address the demands of the protesters.
Inaugurating the panel at the Government House, Enugu, the governor said it was in line with the National Economic Council directive for establishment of state-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country.
“The panel is to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and/or related extra-judicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Police Units”.
The panel consists of retired Justice Kingsley Ude as Chairman, the founding Director of Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL), Prof. Joy Ezeilo and Comrade Osmond Ugwu as members representing the civil society organizations.
Other members of the panel include an retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Ikechukwu Odokoro; representative of the youth, Charles Ogbu; representative of students, Comrade Stephen Ani, who is the Students Union President, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
Others are the State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Enugu State, Dr. Valentine Madubuko and Onochie Obuna, representing the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who serves as secretary of the panel.