Rivers State Governor Demand Implementation Of Report By Panel On Police Abuse

Richard Ginika Izuora

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has demanded full implementation of recommendations contained in the report from the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that Investigated Human Rights Abuses, Police Brutality, and Extrajudicial Killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.

The report was submitted to him by the chairman of the commission, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (rtd) at Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday, February 19.

Wike said the State government has done its part by setting up the Commission and will also produce the White Paper at the next meeting of the State Executive Council.

He therefore challenged the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the new Commissioner of Police (CP) to implement the report as; proof that the Federal Government was serious about ending such Police brutality in the country.

“The truth of the matter is I am not sure the present Inspector General (IG) is out to fight insecurity. Now, he has appointed a new Police Commissioner for political patronage.

“If at the end of the day, we come out with the White Paper and the Attorney General sends it to the police to implement or to prosecute as the case may be, will it be implemented?

“That is why I am challenging the IG and the new CP; to make sure that they justify that the Federal Government is serious about telling states to set up Judicial Commission of Inquiry; to investigate the brutality of the police and the security agencies,” Wike said.

In his remarks, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri said the commission received 190 petitions; struck out 82 for lack of due diligence or jurisdiction; and eventually considered 108 of them.

He stated that the figure depicts the highest level of recklessness, abuse of law and order in the country. According to him, the Policemen who committed the crime against Rivers people; especially Mr. Akin Fakorede and his other cohorts do not have any affinity with the State.

“It is noteworthy that our commission has the highest number of petitions in the federation. Lagos has 210 petitions while we have 190 petitions. Lagos is still there but by the grace of God, we are here presenting this report to you.

“It is our opinion that this figure represents the highest degree of total disregard of law and order by law enforcement agencies in the State.”

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