PRESS STATEMENT: APPOINTMENT AS A MEMBER OF JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY
I wish to formally inform
friends and comrades of my appointment as a member of Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Enugu state Governor on Wednesday 21st October 2020, to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings in Enugu State.
According to the Governor, the consitution of the Judicial Panel was in compliance with the directive of the National Economic Council that a state level Judicial Panel of Inquiry be established in all states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory to receive and investigate complaints of the Police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings with the view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Police Units.
According to the specifcation of the directive of the National Economic Council, the Judicial panel shall be made up of 8 persons of whom 2 of them must come from the Civil Society. Upon that premise, I was appointed on my capacity as the President of International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Iniative together with Prof Joy Ezilo, the Founding Director Women’s Aid Collective to represent the Civil Society in the panel.
While I appreciate the Governor for appointing me to such sensitve and challenging task, I wish to state clearly that I will do my best to work together with other members of the panel to ensure that the the purpose for which the Panel is established is fully actualized to the satisfaction of all concerned.
I also wish to use this opportunity to solicit for the full support of all the critical stakeholders, especially the media, Civil Society Organisations, Churches, Nigeria Bar Association, Labour Unions, Market Associations, Road Transport Union, Town Unions, Traditional Rulers, Legal Aid Council, Students Unions, etc towards the success of our work by first of all assist in the propagation of information about the existence and the wll-be benefits of the Judicial panel to their members, all and sundry to enable the real victims of brutality come up and present their case/s to the panel.