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News - South East - Anambra Updated: November 29, 2022

Soludo Should Urgently Implement EndSARS Panel Report - Activist

By Jude Ikpechukwu
November 29, 2022
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Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, a human rights activist has appealed to Governor Chukwuma Soludo to urgently implement Anambra State EndSARS panel report.

The EndSARS panel report was submitted to the former Gov. Willie Obiano on March 15, 2022, two years after the EndSars protests.

The Anambra State government established the panel and appointed Justice Veronica Umeh as chairman, while it immediately swung into action and received 300 petitions, which is the highest in the country.

“The government's non-implementation of the report remains a consternation to the petitioners, victims, their legal representatives and Anambra residents,” Ezekwueme said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu.

He said that the panel thoroughly investigated and articulated all the petitions with patriotism and assiduously concluded its assignment and recommended N699,900,000 to 170 petitioners, whereas some petitions were dismissed due to lack of purview of terms of reference of the panel, jurisdiction or merits.

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Ezekwueme, who was member of the panel, noted that justice could only be served unless unaffected are as outraged as those affected.

“It is on record that petitioners, victims, their loved ones and counsels are very inquisitive and eager to know how the victims will be compensated and perpetrators prosecuted to act as deterrent to others.

“Unfortunately, more than eight months the report was submitted, the government is yet to implement the EndSARS panel report giving credence to speculation of people that this is political statement to douse tension.

“Recall that former administration of Chief Willie Obiano budgeted N300 million for compensation of victims, petitioners who suffered various forms of loss, damage as a result of police brutality.

“They are looking forward to the implementation of EndSARS panel report for succour and consolation to assuage their pathetic, devastating sufferings and losses incurred by the victims, petitioners and their loved ones,” he said.

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The activist, who is also the Chairman of Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), reminded Soludo that the implementation of EndSARS panel report is a priority project that deserves urgent and immediate government attention.

According to him, as a state with the highest number of petitions, Nigerians, petitioners and global community are eagerly looking forward to how the victims will be adequately compensated and perpetrators prosecuted to act as deterrent to others.

“Worthy of note is without payment of compensation to the petitioners the intention of government will be defeated, panel report becomes relentless efforts without effect and victims’ agony, pains and sorrow will exacerbate.

“Soludo should promptly do the needful to rescue the situation by paying compensation to the petitioners and save the image of the state, the Panel Chairman and members.

“I equally commend the selfless services and sacrifices made by revered Hon. Justice Veronica Umeh and her panel in serving the state with greater interest of the people at heart,” he said.

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Jude Ikpechukwu

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