EndSARS: Akwa Ibom judicial panel submits report to state government


The Judicial Panel on incidences of Police brutality in Akwa Ibom State has submitted its report to the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.

The chairman of the review panel, Justice Ifiok Ukana, (Rtd) while handing over the report to the governor explained that every police officer serving or retired that was petitioned was given room to defend themselves.

Ukana, however, urged the governor to implement the recommendations in the report to forestall a reoccurrence of such civil unrest.

The Chairman also thanked the governor for the support while the investigation lasted.

He also disclosed that the representative from the human rights commission in the panel, Mr. Tony Iji passed on recently.

He said, “We thank the Governor for the opportunity to serve on the panel. The procedure adopted by the panel in the discharge of its responsibilities was that every police officer(serving or retired) who was petitioned, was served the petition and given time and facility to enter defence, in order to grant them a fair hearing.

“This work is documented in a 4 volume report and I want to appreciate the Governor for the quality selection of members, who have made a mark in their different callings. We also thank you for the support given to the panel through their work.

“We urge his Excellency to implement the recommendations made by the panel to forestall a reoccurrence of such civil unrest.”

In his response, the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel appreciated the intellectual industry and physical energy invested in the production of the report. He expressed the gratitude of the entire government to the Justice Ukana-led panel for the excellent work and promised to pass on the report to the National Economic Council for implementation.

Members of the Executive Council, Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra Ministerial Departments were present at the report presentation.

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