The Delta government has set up an eight-member judicial panel of enquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state.
The panel, as approved by the state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, would receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra–judicial killings in the state.
According to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Chiedu Ebie the panel would investigate complaints from victims of the disbanded Special Anti–Robbery Squad (SARS) or any other police unit, with a view to ascertaining their validity.
The SSG explained that the panel was also expected to recommend compensations and/or other remedies appropriate for each case.
He named Justice Celestina Ogisi (rtd) and Mr. Omamuzo Erebe as Chairman and Secretary of the panel respectively.
Other members of the panel include; AIG David Igbodo (rtd), Mr. Harrison Gwamnishu, representing the youths, Mr. Godwin Oyovweadjebore, representing students, Mr. Freedom Atsepoyi, Mr. Eris Jewo-Ibi, representing the civil society groups and Mr. Nicholas Osadolor, representing the Human Rights Commission.
The panel is expected to be inaugurated on Oct. 19 at the Government House, Asaba, Ebie said.