#EndSARS: Imo judicial panel recommends N770 million compensation for victims

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry on police brutality in Imo State has recommended the payment of  N770 million to victims of Police brutality.

The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Florence Duruoha-Igwe, disclosed this when she submitted the report of the panel to Governor Hope Uzodima at the Government House Owerri.

She said that individual police officers involved in the brutality of victims would cough out the sum of N39.2m out of the total amount of N779m recommended, while the government would pay N731.8m as reparation to victims of police brutality.

Justice Duruoha-Igwe disclosed that the commission received 154 memoranda out of which 45 were petitions involving deaths of civilians.

She said 36 report were on deaths of policemen, 9 on deaths of soldiers, while another 9 were report on permanent disability.

According to Justice Duruoha-Igwe, 43 reports were dismissed for lack of merit or jurisdiction, while 102 were successful petitions.

She urged the governor to promptly implement the report in order to restore the confidence of the people in the ability of the government to right the wrongs and correct errors.

Justice Duruoha-Igwe advised the state government to embark on massive enlightenment of citizens on their fundamental human rights.

She stressed need for citizens to know their rights, as it concerns operations and functions of police, adding that citizens should be encouraged to take actions on infringement of their rights.

Governor Hope Uzodima of Imo State while receiving the report, promised to pay the N731.8m compensation to the victims of police brutality in the state.

The governor lauded the Commission for their thoroughness and dedication exhibited in carrying out their assignment, just as he promised to implement its recommendation for the benefit of the people.

Uzodimma regretted that what started as a legitimate, well organised and powerful mass protest ended up in crisis.

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