- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has apologised to Nigerian youths for the slow response of leaders in tackling police brutality
- The Delta governor joined Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who had earlier apologised to young people in the country on the issue
- Governor Okowa took a step further by establishing a panel to address the issues of police brutality in his domain
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Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, October 19 announced that his administration would establish a Special Victims’ Support Fund for the payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims of police brutality or related extra-judicial killings in the state.
The governor made the announcement at Government House, Asaba while inaugurating an eight-member judicial panel of enquiry into police brutality and other human rights abuses in Delta state.
He said that the constitution of the panel was in line with the directive of the National Economic Council (NEC) headed by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and charged the body to bring justice to victims.
Governor Okowa urged the panel to unearth all human rights abuses by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of Nigeria Police Force and deliver justice to the victims and succour to grieving families.
“I join my voice to that of the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in apologizing for the failure of leadership to detect and address these anomalies early enough.
“I wish to remind members of the panel that we are in a national emergency and, therefore, this assignment should be handled with the urgency that it requires.
“You are to hit the ground running given the unease and tension in the country. We need to calm frayed nerves and the only way we can do it is to take appropriate and immediate action.
“I, therefore, urge you to go the extra mile and be willing to make whatever sacrifices this job demands of you for the sake of the country and our beloved Delta state.”
Okowa appealed to the protesters to end the action, appealing that their voices have been heard by those in authority.
“Many of our people live on daily income basis and this continued protest will not do our economy any good.
“As leaders of both national and sub-national governments, we have heard their demands and we will do everything possible to ensure that the demands are met.”
Recall that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had on Wednesday, October 14, said with the outcome of the #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, leaders in the country will likely see things differently.
Okowa stated this when the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students of Delta origin and the National Executive of National Association of Delta State Students visited him at Government House, Asaba.
He commended youths who came out to protest over issues of police brutality and harassment, saying it will challenge leaders to focus more on issues that affect young people.
On Tuesday, October 13 the governor had said the ongoing nationwide protests for an end to police brutality in the country was a reflection of leadership and family failures over the years.
Okowa made the statement while addressing protesters who stormed Government House, Asaba after joining their counterparts nationwide for the EndSARS protest. He told them that as youths of the nation, they had every right to organise themselves to protest against societal ills.
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