Following the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country, the Edo State government has created a 12-person Judicial Inquiry Commission to receive complaints and petitions from the general public about the recently disbanded special anti-robbery operations.
Osarodion State Government Secretary Ogi said in a statement that the expert team had been given 90 days to complete the assignment.
According to him, the group was formed in response to the aspirations of Nigerian youth, expressed in the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.
The group is led by the Honorable. Judge Ada Ehigiamusoe and Ms. Joyce Ugbodaga is the Secretary of the Committee.
Other members of the committee include Bishop Fev Aydahosa (clergy); Francis Osayi, (ASUU); Comrade Osahon Obasuyi (New York); Finger Aygbohyan (civil society); Ms. Uloaku Uzamere (NCWS); Comrade Piy Efofan (NANS); Pius Okpere (#EndSARS movement); Comrade Cola Edokpayi (# EndSARS Movement); Ms. Felicia Monay (Ministry of Justice) and a representative of the security forces.
According to Ogi, the expert group’s terms of reference are “to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, especially from victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extrajudicial executions, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigations and prosecutions, if circumstances require.
“Recommend compensation or restitution to victims or, if the victim has been killed, to the victim’s family, on the basis of conditions that will be clearly defined by the Committee.
“Ensure payment of compensation within 14 days from the date of the decision on compensation.”
The Collegium will also recommend and instruct the Prosecutor General to immediately bring to justice all persons guilty of committing various crimes; recommend measures to prevent its recurrence in the future and make any other recommendations to the government in support of the mandate of this Committee.
The statement also says: “The expert group has been given 90 days to complete this assignment. All hearings will be open to the general public. All interested parties are encouraged to send their complaints, petitions and proposals to the committee.
“The Edo State government is fully committed to the ideals of the #EndSARS movement, driven by the desire for a new Nigeria where no man or woman is oppressed and where everyone can fulfill their true potential.
“Reform and restructuring of the Nigerian police force is an integral part of this step, and therefore we urge the federal government to act quickly and take immediate and concrete measures to strengthen the Nigerian police force and ensure that all officers and soldiers conduct themselves in a humane and effective manner in accordance with international best practice ”.