Connect with us

METRO

#EndSARs: Ebonyi Judiciary panel receives 62 petitions

Published

on

The Ebonyi Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating alleged police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings on Tuesday confirmed receipt of 62 petitions.

The Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Alloy Nwankwo, made the confirmation while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki.

Recall that the eight-member panel was inaugurated by Gov. David Umahi on Oct. 20, in line with the Federal Government’s directive to meet the demands by the EndSARS protesters.

“In total, we have received 62 petitions as at March 4, in Ebonyi,” he said

Nwankwo said of the 62 petitions, the panel had dispensed with 19.

He said: “40 petitions are part-heard while three are yet to be heard, but already slated for hearing.”

He listed some of the challenges his panel was faced with to include abandonment of petitions by petitioners, failure of witnesses to appear before it and paucity of fund.

“There are petitions that have been stroked and abandoned due to lack of testifiers,” he added.

The chairman hailed the Federal Government’s decision on the constitution of the panel, saying that the panel in the state was working hard to deliver on its mandate responsibly.

According to him, the panel has been dispensing justice with fairness to all who suffered one form of harassment or the other in the hands of police operatives, irrespective of age, religion and ethnicity.

Christian Ogbonna

NEWSVERGE, published by The Verge Communications is an online community of international news portal and social advocates dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective.A unique organization, founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favour.The Verge Communications is fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a corporate organization.

Comments