The Edo State Government, on Monday, October 19, 2020, set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry (JPI) into circumstances surrounding the #EndSARS protests in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., made this announcement in a statement as he said it is a 12-man panel and had been given 90 days to complete the assignment and all hearings will be open to the general public.
In his statement, Ogie said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.”
On the duties of the panel, he stated that the members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.
Other duties of the panel are to, “advice on compensation or restitution to the victims, or where the victim has been killed- to the family of the victim, based on the condition which shall be clearly laid out by the Committee.”
They are also to recommend and direct the Attorney General to immediately prosecute all persons responsible for the various crimes committed; to recommend measures to forestall reoccurrences in the future; to make any other recommendations to government in furtherance of the mandate of this Committee.
The Panel is chaired by Hon. Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, while Mrs Joyce Ugbodaga is the Secretary to the Committee. Other members of the Committee include Bishop Feb Idahosa, (Clergy); Francis Osayi, (ASUU); Comrade Osahon Obasuyi (NYC); Prest Aigbokhian (Civil Society); Mrs Uloaku Uzamere (NCWS); Comrade Pius Efofan (NANS); Pius Okpere (#EndSARS Movement); Comrade Kola Edokpayi (#EndSARS Movement); Mrs Felicia Monyei (Ministry of Justice) and a Representative of security forces.