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#EndSARS protests: Enugu Panel Of Inquiry Commences Work

…Requests interested members of the public to submit Memoranda on or before November 20, 2020

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry inaugurated by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra-judicial killings, has swung into action, requesting interested members of the public to submit Memoranda. The eight-man panel is chaired by Honourable Justice Kingsley Ngwu Udeh (Rtd.).

In a statement made available to IGBERE TV by its Secretary‎, Onochiengwu Obuna Esq, the panel said the Memoranda should be in twelve (12) hard copies of A4 size paper with double spacing and addressed to ‘The Secretary, Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Extra Judicial Killings. C/o Enugu State Judiciary Headquarters, Old High Court (3), Enugu’.

 

The statement added that Memoranda, which should be submitted not later than November 20, 2020, “can also be submitted with the Registrars at the Zonal Judiciary Offices at the following locations: Nsukka High Court; Ogbede High Court; Obollo Afor High Court; Oji River High Court; Ezeagu High Court; Udi High Court; Awgu High Court; Agbani High Court; Enugu Ezike High Court”.

“A soft copy of the memorandum shall be submitted by E-mail to the following E-mail address:panelonpolicebrutality042@gmail.com”, it added, and further disclosed that “the Judicial Panel of Inquiry will hold public sittings inside the Old High Court 3 at the Enugu State Judiciary Headquarters Enugu, on dates to be announced later”.

Reassuring that “the responsive Government of Enugu State will be thorough, firm and decisive in implementing the report and recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality and Extra-Judicial Killings in the state”, the statement pointed out that “interested members of the public can call or send text messages to the Secretariat of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on any of the following numbers: 08034272867, 08033062359, 08037722569 and 08036767229 between the hours of 8am – 4pm on weekdays, for further enquiries”.

Full text of the statement reads as follows:

“CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF MEMORANDA BY THE .JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY TO RECEIVE AND INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND RELATED EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS WITHIN
ENUGU STATE

“1. It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that the Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Wednesday 21st October 2020 inaugurated the Judicial Panel of Inquiry to receive complaints of police brutality and extra judicial killings in Enugu State with Honourable Justice Kingsley Ngwu Udeh (Rtd.) as Chairman.

“2. The Judicial Panel which has six (6) months from the date of inauguration to submit its report has the following terms of reference:

i. to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra judicial killings:

ii to evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaint(s); and

lii. Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

3. Interested members of the public are requested to submit Memoranda in Twelve (12) hard copies of A4 size paper with double spacing and addressed to:

The Secretary,

Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Extra Judicial Killings.

c/o Enugu State Judiciary Headquarters,

Old High Court (3)

Enugu.

4. Additionally, Memoranda can also be submitted with the Registrars at the Zonal Judiciary Offices at the following locations:

i. Nsukka High Court

ii. Ogbede High Court

iii. Obollo Afor High Court

iv. Oji River High Court

v. Ezeagu High Court

vi. Udi High Court

vii. Awgu High Court

viii. Agbani High Court

ix. Enugu Ezike High Court

A soft copy of the memorandum shall be submitted by E-mail to the following

E-mail address: panelonpolicebrutality042@gmail.com

Please take notice that all Memoranda should be submitted to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry not later than Friday 20th November 2020.

5. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry will hold public sittings inside the Old High Court 3 at the Enugu State Judiciary Headquarters Enugu, on dates to be announced later.

6. For further enquiries, interested members of the public can call or send text messages to the secretariat of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on any of the following numbers: 08034272867, 08033062359, 08037722569 and 08036767229 between the hours of 8am – 4pm on weekdays.

Ndi Enugu, Be rest assured that the Responsive Government of Enugu State will be thorough, firm and decisive in implementing the report and recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality and Extra-Judicial Killings in Enugu State.”

Gregory University Uturu, Abia State
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Wisdom Nwedene is a seasoned investigative reporter, editor, writer. Contact : 07034977317 or Nwedenewisdom@gmail.com ; Facebook : Wisdom Nwedene Twitter : @Wisdomkosi (Instagram) : Wisdom Nwedene

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