ANAMBRA State Government has inaugurated a 32-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry on SARS brutality in the state.
The committee would look into various allegations against Police brutality and the extra-judicial killings carried out by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The members were drawn from various strata of the society, such as youths, students, religious and right organisations.
Inaugurating the panel, Gov. Willie Obiano promised to continue protecting the life and property of people of the state in order to ensure sustained peace and security in the state.
Gov. Obiano urged them “to receive and investigate the complaints of Police brutality relating to torture, high-handedness and alleged extra Judicial killings by SARS and Police in the state.
“To evaluate evidence, present circumstances and other surrounding issues and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints.
“Recommend appropriate sanctions and proffer solutions. Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate to the state Government.
“To submit report to the State Government within one (1) month of inauguration.”
Gov. Obiano commended Anambra youths for the peaceful #EndSars protest, urging them to remain calm and uphold the unity of the state.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Uju Nwogu said Gov. Obiano had complied with the request of the protesters, vis-à-vis visiting and releasing three illegally detained persons at former Awkuzu SARS.
Chairman of the Panel and former Justice of the High Court, Justice Vivian Umeh commended Gov. Obiano for selecting competent personalities across every sector.
Justice Umeh promised to deliver her responsibilities diligently in line with terms and conditions stipulated.
Some of the members include Justice Umeh as Chairman, Dr.Uju Nwogu member, Commissioner for Youths and Creative Economy, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mark Okoye, Commissioner for Lands, Bonaventure Enemali as members.
Others are Youth Representatives from Anambra North, Innocent Nduanya, Anambra Central, Nwabufo Nwankwo and Anambra South, Damian Ukatu.
Other representatives were Chairman Anambra National Youth Council of Nigeria, Samuel Egwuatu, Youth Leader Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chuma Okpalezeukwu and other youths organisations.
Equally among the committee are representatives from various religious organisations, Traditional Rulers’ Council, and leaders of #EndSars protesters.