THE EndSARS panel sitting in Awka, Anambra State is said to have received the highest number of petitions in the country from aggrieved Nigerians against the perceived illegal activities of the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Nigerian Police Force.
Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, a member of the panel and state chairman of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), gave the hint while fielding questions from newsmen in Onitsha.
He disclosed that, “out of 320 petitions received, which is believed to be the highest in the country, Anambra State EndSARS Panel, headed by Justice Veronica Ngozi Umeh, (rtd), has been able to treat 50 of them”
“We are ever ready more than before to dispense all the cases before the expiration of the tenure given to us by His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano”.
The panel, he said, was made up of men of sterling qualities who have made their marks in various fields of human endeavour.”
He assured ndi Anambra that those found guilty will not go unpunished, adding that compensations would be paid to the victims, but not by the panel but the state government that set up the panel.
“It is incumbent on Governor Willie Obiano to do the needful when we may have finished our assignment and presented the recommendations to the governor.
All the SARS victims recommended will get compensation. It is left for the governor to do the needful and not the panel”
Comrade Ezekwueme added, “we succeeded in inviting some of the mentioned SARS operatives but some declined to appear and efforts are being made to ensure they are brought to book”.
“The panel that is led by an impeccably jury, Justice Veronica Ngozi Umeh (rtd) is capable of ensuring that justice is done to all. Those who declined must be brought before the panel.
I will assure you that we will continue to do the needful to ensure justice is done to all and sundry by the 34 member panel”
On the recent attack by unknown gun men on police and Naval officers in the state, he condemned the attack and killing of those security operatives trained to protect lives and property and urged the government to ensure that perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to face the wrath of the law.
“Every government should try to protect its citizens by ensuring that banditry, herdsmen attack, kidnapping, among others are stopped”.