Panel Asks Abia to Pay N511m Compensati­on to Victims of Police Brutality

- Emmanuel Ugwu-Nwogo inUmuahia

All veriÀed victims of police brutality and inhuman treatment in Abia State would be paid over N511 million as compensati­on, subject to approval of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

The monetary compensati­on was part of the recommenda­tions contained in a Àve volume report of the Abia State Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality, Extra-judicial Killings and other Related Matters after eight months of investigat­ions.

Receiving the report from the chairman of the panel, Justice Sunday Imo (rtd), the Abia governor, who was represente­d by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Chris Ezem, said that government would “clinically study the report” before implementa­tion.

He lauded the Panel for rendering “historic and selÁess services to their fatherland”, adding that the report would serve as a guide to the public on how best to relate with the police and other security agencies.

The Abia chief executive stated that the security institutio­ns need the support and cooperatio­n of citizens to function eͿectively and excel in their duties.

Earlier, the chairman of the panel, Justice Imo (rtd), who is a former chief judge of Abia, explained that the Àrst volume of the report contains the main report while the second volume contains all the petitions with volume three has the records and proceeding­s of the Panel.

He further noted that fourth volume centred on Àndings and recommenda­tions of the panel while the last volume contains case Àles, exhibits, among others.

Justice Imo said that the panel received 86 cases/petitions out of which 46 went through full hearing while the remaining cases were dismissed or struck out.

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