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#EndSARS: Akwa Ibom sets up Judicial panel to investigate police brutality

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Akwa Ibom State Government has set up a Judicial panel to investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violations, and related extra judicial killings in the State.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem who stated this in a statement made available to newsmen Monday evening in Uyo, said the panel of the investigation was constituted during an emergency meeting of the State Executive Council.

According to Ekuwem, the panel has Justice Ifiok Ukana (Retd) as Chairman, Manti Umoh as the representative of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and  Protesters; Harry Udoh representative of CSOs and Mfon Edemekong of Ministry of Justice as  Secretary of the panel.

Others are Omen Bassey (Youth representative), Aniedi Michael  (Students representative) and Tony Iji of National Human rights Commission (NHRC).

The SSG listed the terms of reference to include to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violation, and related extra-judicial killings; evaluate the evidence presented /other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints, and to recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

He said the  duration of the panel shall be for three months in the first instance, adding that the inauguration of the Judicial Panel will hold on Tuesday, 20th October 2020 (today) at the EXCO Chambers by 5 pm.

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