Ebonyi EndSARS panel recommends  N189m compensation for victims of police brutality

By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi 

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality, extrajudicial killings and Human Rights Violation sitting in Ebonyi state have recommended the sum of N189 Million be paid as compensation to victims of the #EndSARS mayhem.


The Panel Chairman, Justice Aloy Nwankwo made this known while submitting the report of the panel to the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi at the Executive Council Chambers Old Government House Abakaliki.


Justice Aloy said that officers of security agencies who were involved in extra Judicial killings, brutality and other forms of violation of fundamental human rights and related issues were recommended for sanctions.


According to him, in cases of extra-judicial killings, uniform compensation was recommended while in other cases of brutality, compensation was made based on peculiarities of such cases.


He pointed out that in matters were judgement has already been given by courts, the panel recommended for the enforcement of the court Judgement.


Justice Nwankwo said that 71 petitions were received by the panel while 51 was determined.


He noted that 20 of the petitions were either struck out, abandoned or withdrawn by the petitioners for want of deligent prosecution adding that petitions that were found to be pending in court were also struck out as the panel do not have the power to go into such matters.


The Former Ebonyi Chief Judge stated that petitions that were found to be un-meritorous and viewed as gold-digging were dismissed while recommendation were made in deserving cases to serve as deterrent to others.


He stated that the panel had it’s Inaugural sitting on 2nd of November 2020 and parties involved were invited for hearing.


Justice Nwankwo advised that recommendations made in each of the cases contained in the detailed report be fully implemented as it will assuage the feelings of those who lost their loved ones and bring relief to victims of security brutalities.


The Panel Chairman further advised for the establishment of a permanent panel of Inquiry or tribunal on cases of human right violations and brutalities by security agencies.


Responding, the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi thanked the panel and assured that the State Government will look into all the recommendations.

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