Delta TIB Chapter Urges Okowa To Implement End Sars Panel Report

The Tib Movement of Delta chapter has written to the state government through the movement state coordinator, comrade Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, calling for implementations of the state judicial panel of inquiry report,  of which the press release stated below.

Press release dated 3/10/21

We are by this Press statement calling on the Governor of Delta State, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa to implement the State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry Report into complaints of Police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state submitted to him by the chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Justice Celestina Ogisi (Retd in the month of June 2021.

It is almost three months now; the said report was submitted to the Government of Delta State for implementation by the chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Justice Celestina Ogisi (Retd).

It will be recalled, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on receiving the report from the panel chairman, made several promises that his administration would consider and implement the decisions of the panel, while assuring that the recommendations of the panel would be looked into by the state’s executive council, he said justice would be done as much as possible.

The learned Governor acknowledged the fact that, the EndSars Protest was impactful in the country, it opened a new chapter in history of our country, where it became very obvious that many of our citizens across the nation were suffering silently. 

It is only when the ENDSARS panel report is implemented by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa that our Police Officers who do not do their job in the right way can learn some lessons. As we speak, some police are still taking the laws into their hands and treat people they were supposed to protect as if they ought not exist.

Only recently, the Delta State Police Command recorded another Police brutality from two dismissed Policemen from B ’Division Warri, Sgt Felix Ebikabowei and Ndubuisi Abazie respectively who orchestrated a gruesome attack on one Mr. Omensa Broderick, a commercial tricycle rider while on illegal duty. 

Recalling that the Panel was inaugurated on October 9, 2020 to receive and inquire into complaints of police brutality and extral-judicial killings in the state, evaluate evidence presented and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaint(s) and recommend compensation and other remedial measures.

The Panel received a total 86 petitions and 49 were heard on merit while 37 were struck out for various reasons. 

The Panel also received 10 petitions which sought the enforcement of judgements of various High Courts of the State against the Police for acts of Police brutality and extra-Judicial killings.

The Panel recommended the payment of compensation to victims and/or their families for various acts of police brutality and extra-Judicial killings in Delta State.

The Panel also recommended the enforcement of all judgement debts awarded against the Police, which they have refused to obey till date.

The Police were meant to protect rights of citizens and not routinely breach such rights without being held accountable. 

Notwithstanding the proposed special meeting of NEC to be convene as announced by the Vice President , Prof. Yemi Osibanjo in the month of June to consider the implementation of the reports , including remedies, redress and compensations, we will continue to hold Governor Ifeanyi Okowa accountable for the implementation of the Delta State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry Report into complaints of Police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state submitted to him by the chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Justice Celestina Ogisi (Retd.).

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