By Udo Akam-Alo, ABAKALIKI
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has inaugurated a Commission of Inquiry to look into the continuous cases of police brutality, killings and violation of human rights in the state. He says the Committee is to commence duty immediately.
Umahi stated that the #EndSARS Protest brings more of human rights but warned that he will give zero tolerance to violent protest.
He said, the Judicial Panel shall have powers and authority to hold here which shall be conducted in accordance with the provision of the Commission of Inquiry Law, Cap 29 of Ebonyi State of Nigeria.
“I further direct that the chairman of the Committee and the members shall before commencing assignment, shall make and subscribe to an appropriate code under section 6 of this Commission of Inquiry.
“To receive and raise the complaints of the police brutality and human rights violation or related extra-judicial killings in Ebonyi State.
“I just dismantled road block in Ebonyi State. The IG said in the first place he did not authorize any road block. I’ve asked them to dismantle it in Ebonyi State.
“I will not tolerate any peaceful protest to become Unpeaceful and of course, I have asked the Government and the law enforcement agencies to protect our people from harm of hoodlums.”
Responding on behalf of members of the Committee, the former Chief Judge of Ebonyi State who was appointed the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Aloy Nwankwo, pledged that the Commission shall live up to expectations to ensure that the goal of the panel is strongly achieved.
Other members of the Commission include; AIG Kelvin Opoke (Rtd), Igwe Uche, Olisa Nwuruku,
Emmanuel Obasi, Barr Louisa Nwebonyi, Christopher Okorie while Emmanuel Onwe(Esq) is the Secretary.