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Ikpeazu Expands Abia State Judicial Panel of Inquiry

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… promises cash reward to people with useful information


The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the expansion of the membership of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate allegations of extra-judicial killings and brutality by security agents in the state.


Governor Ikpeazu had in response to the initial demands of the ‘ENDSARS’ protesters set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry chaired by a former Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice S.N. Imo, with 70 per cent of the membership made up of youths and those familiar with the situation.


He pledged to work with relevant agencies to ensure full implementation of the outcome of the Panel’s investigation.


The Panel inaugurated on Friday, at Government House, Umuahia, are: Retired Justice S. N. Imo (Chairman), Nwakanma John, Daniel Chinagozi, Ariwa Zuby, Eric Ikwuagwu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice (Secretary), Bishop Sunday Onuoha and Comrade John Emejor.


It also included Comrade Nnanna Nwafor, Mrs. Doris Ogala, Barrister Uche Nwokocha, Mr. Nkemjika Nnadozie, Mr. Enyinnaya Nwigwe, Mrs. Anastasia Uchenna, Mr. Ndubuaku Nwogu and Engr. Steve Sylvanus.


Furthermore, the Abia State government has provided a cash reward for any individual with incontrovertible evidence of police brutality and high-handedness that will help the Panel with its assignment.


It also announced a cash reward for those who will give information about the criminal elements who carted away the arms and ammunitions of Police Officers who were attacked in Aba during the mayhem.


Ikpeazu appealed to Abia youths whom he described as hardworking to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by this Panel to ventilate their grievances on relevant issues and leave the streets immediately to avoid further loss of lives and destruction of properties as they are assured of diligent implementation of the Committee’s report.


‘’ This administration prioritises the security of lives and property of its citizens and visitors alike, and will, therefore, do everything necessary to ensure an early return to normalcy in the state which will enable our enterprising people go about their normal routines without fear of harm or molestation.


‘’I also wish to remind us that we have diligently ensured the arrest and prosecution of all officers who have been involved in highhandedness on citizens. Our records of intolerance to the maltreatment of Abians by security operatives speak for us. We therefore advise restraint and maturity on the part of the agitators while assuring them that the Abia State Government does not support the attack on innocent peaceful protesters.


‘’Let me also place it on record that the Abia State Government did not and has no intention to order the arrest of any peaceful protester and any report to the contrary should be discountenanced,’’ Ikpeazu said .

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