#EndSARS: Ikpeazu approves inauguration of judicial panel of Inquiry as protesters shut down Umuahia
By Steve Oko
Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has approved the inauguration of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate allegations of extra-judicial killings and brutality by security agents in the state.
This is as #EndSARS protesters literally locked down Umuahia the state capital on Monday.
According to a press statement by the Commissioner of Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, former Chief Judge of the state, Retired Justice Sunday Imo is to head the 10-man panel.
Other members of the panel include :
Nwakanma John , Daniel Chinagozi , Ariwa Zuby , and Eric Ikwuagwu .
Others are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, who is to serve as Secretary of the panel; Bishop Sunday Onuoha, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade John Emejor ; Comrade Nnanna Nwafor; and Mrs Doris Ogala.
The Committee, according to the statement will be inaugurated on Friday, October 23, 2020, at Government House, Umuahia, at 1pm.
Abia youths thronged out in hundreds of thousands to register their discontent over police brutality in the state.
The mammoth crowd of protesters converged at the Abia Tower along the Enugu /Port Harcourt express way from where they began their peace march into the city centre.
The crowd swelled as the protesters made their way towards Government House entrance gate where they waited for hours to be addressed by the governor.
They procession was accompanied by musicians who spiced up the outing with music , thus turning the protest to a carnival of sorts.
Some popular clerics and Bollywood big wigs were sighted in their mists to boost their morale.
A detachment of the protesters also marched through some major roads in the state capital before finally berthing at the Bank Road junction of Aba Road where they continued with the peaceful protest till dusk.
There was traffic snarl in the city as the enthusiastic procession marched through the streets to the admiration of residents who were see waiving at them in approval.
As they sang and danced chanting songs against the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, some called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari for “failing to protect lives and property” of Nigerians.
They also carried placards with various inscriptions calling for an end to bad governance and injustices in Nigeria.
Motorists had a hectic day trying to take alternative routes to avoid being caught up in the long traffic jam as a result of the protest.
The youths insisted that they would not leave the streets until government met all their demands which are same with other protesters in other parts of the country.
As at the time our correspondent departed the scene the protesters who were already living a communal life as they shared in common food items being hawked by vendors.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.