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Akwa Ibom govt to youths: Don't allow vested interests to hijack #EndSARS protests

- The Akwa Ibom government is making efforts to unravel cases of police brutality in the state

- In carrying out its findings through a judicial panel, the government is concerned about retaining peace in the state

- The government warned against the politicization or hijack of the #EndSARS protests in its domain

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The state executive council of the Akwa Ibom government has cautioned against the politicization or hijack of the #EndSARS protests in the state.

The council also urged all citizens to commit the country to prayers and engage in activities and discourse that will magnify Nigeria's unity and promote peace.

Part of the communique after the meeting read:

“This is not the time for an exhibition of disposition capable of causing conflagration in any part of our country.”
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Legit.ng gathered that Governor Udom Emmanuel had summoned an emergency meeting of the council to discuss urgent matters of national concern, affecting Akwa Ibom state.

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Taking the center stage was the #ENDSARS protest, which the council deliberated exhaustively and arrived at the following decisions:

That the clamour for humane and responsible policing by Nigerian youths is a germane demand which must be listened to and addressed.

That the youths in Akwa Ibom state who partook in the protests in Uyo have conducted same peacefully and with great respect for the individual rights of other citizens and they deserve commendation.

That the demand for documentation of victims and incidences of police brutality in our state is important and necessary for future actions.

That as a responsible government, we hereby constitute a Judicial Panel of Investigation to investigate incidences of Police brutality in Akwa Ibom state.

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Retired Justice Ifiok Ukana will serve as chairman of the panel while Mfon Edemekong Esq. in the ministry of justice will serve as secretary.

There are also representatives of the protesters, civil society organisations, youth, students and an official of the National Human Rights Commission.

The terms of reference for the panel include to:

1. Receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violation and related extrajudicial killings;

2. Evaluate evidence presented /other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and

3. Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

Governor Emmanuel had earlier called for youths to be carried along in the new initiative to commence community policing nationwide.

The Akwa Ibom governor made the pronouncement on Tuesday, October 13 when #EndSARS protesters in the state visited him in Government House, Uyo to air their grievances over the increasing cases of police brutality nationwide.

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