Reporter: AMECHI ODO

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police brutality, Human Rights Violations and other related extra judicial killings in Ebonyi State says it has so far received five petitions from members of the public for hearing.

The Chairman of the Panel, Retired Justice Alloy Nwankwo, stated this at the inaugural sitting of the Panel at Government House Abakaliki.

Present at the inaugural sitting were complainants, members of Civil Society Organisations, representatives of youth organisations, media Chief Executives and legal practitioners.

Retired Justice Nwankwo explained that the panel had resolved to observe all rules of natural justice to accord all parties equal opportunity for hearing.

He stated that that some of the petitions involved both the Police and the State government, emphasising that the panel was poised without fear or favour to ensure restitution to those whose human rights were violated.

The Ombudsman of Ebonyi State Human Rights Complaints Committee, Dr. Emmanuel Obasi, said multiple channels had been created for those whose rights were violated and appealed to aggrieved members of the public to use the opportunity to file their complaints against security agents.

A representative of a Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Mr. Innocent Igiri, noted that the Panel had taken off on a strong footing in response to the demands of #EndSARS protesters.

The Panels has six months to deliver its report and make appropriate recommendations.