…Says Panel to ensure payment of compensation within 14 days of recommendation.
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Monday inaugurated a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to look into the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the circumstances surrounding #EndSARS protests in the state. The panel would also investigate cases of human rights abuses by operatives of the defunct SARS.
Inaugurating the panel headed by Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (Rtd), Obaseki said “In this particular case, you are expected to help us look into the circumstances surrounding what has happened as a result of this demonstration in Edo State over the last few weeks.
“As you are all aware, our youths have been protesting in the streets. The youths across the country have been protesting against the high-handed operations of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
“Our youths have been demanding an end to all forms of police brutality, injustice and arbitrariness meted out by the SARS operatives. They have also been demanding for a reform in the police and to obtain justice and restitution for the victims of SARS brutality.
“Edo government fully agrees with the yearnings and the reforms in the Nigeria Police Force as they are a necessity if we are going to have a better Nigeria.”
Noting that a better managed police force would be of a great benefit to the government and people of Edo State, the governor stated that “People should not be afraid or apprehensive of their police because the police are meant to ensure their safety at all times”.