- In Delta state, efforts are being made to ensure that the complaints of police brutality are adequately attended to
- The state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is leading a committee to ensure that all issues concerning police brutality are addressed
- The committee will also address the issues of extra-judicial killings in the state and compensate those aggrieved
Asaba - Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, October 20 inaugurated a Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in the state, with a call on citizens to be law-abiding in all endeavours.
Okowa made the call in Asaba, the state capital while inaugurating the committee, which is headed by him.
Okowa said that constitution of the committee was part of the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry that investigated complaints of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state.
He recalled that a year ago, youths in the country embarked on #EndSARS, a protest against police brutality and other issues, adding that the protests shook the foundation of the nation.
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“We saw a lot of our youths come out in anger against so many issues as it concerned the nation but particularly against police brutality.
“The #EndSARS has taught us, particularly the police, that we must be civil in our manner of approach while carrying out our work because no man has the right to take the life of another and more so when it is unjustly done.”
The governor said that Delta had remained relatively peaceful and thanked the youths and people of the state for their cooperation in maintaining peace.
He urged the people to live in peace and to trust the security agencies to carry out their job of maintaining peace and security in the state.
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Members of the committee are:
1. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Isaiah Bozimo
2. Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, Commissioner for Youths Development
3. Solicitor-General/ Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Omamuzo Erebe
4. Commissioner of Police in the state.
5. Representative of the Youths, Mr. Harrison Gwamnishu
6. Representative of Civil Societies Organisations, Comrade Israel Joe
7. Representative of Nigeria Bar Association, Dr. Jonathan Ekpenisi
8. Representative of National Human Rights Commission, Mr Alpheus Ngwu and
Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Political and Security Matters, Mr. Theophilus Aguonye, who will serve as secretary.
Legit.ng reporter beaten, arrested by policemen at Lekki toll gate
Meanwhile, one of the video journalists of Legit.ng, Abisola Alawode, was on Tuesday, October 20, picked up by police officers at the Lekki Toll Gate.
Abisola was at the scene of the #EndSARS memorial doing a live video of the event when he was picked up by overzealous policemen.
At the time, the policemen had asked journalists to wear their tags, while Abisola was about to do that, they seized some of his items and dragged him into their van.