The Akwa Ibom State Government has constituted an 8-member judicial panel of inquiry headed by Ifiok Ukana, a retired jurist to investigate incidences of police brutality in the State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who disclosed this after an emergency meeting of the State Executive Council in Uyo on Monday affirmed that the demands of the protesters were genuine and needed to be addressed. He applauded the youths for carrying out their protests peacefully in the State without violence, molestation, and disruption of activities.
The panel billed for inauguration on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 is composed of the following:
- Justice Ifiok Ukana (Rtd.) Chairman
- Manti Umoh Representative of Civil Society Organisation and #EndSARS Protesters
- Harris Udoh. Representative of Civil Society Organisation
- Barrister Bassey Essien (Rtd.) Commisioner of Police
- Omen Bassey Youth representative
- Comrade Aniedi Michael NAAKISS Worldwide President – Student Leader
- Tony Iji. National Human rights Commission
- Mfon Edemekong Esq. Ministry of Justice ~ Secretary
The terms of reference of the panel are to:
- Receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violation, and related extrajudicial killings;
- Evaluate evidence presented or other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and
- Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.
The duration of the Panel’s assignment is three months in the first instance.