The Bayelsa State Government says it will study the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Other Related Matters and take necessary and appropriate actions.
The State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, stated this on Wednesday, July 7, while receiving the report of the panel during the 41st State Executive Council meeting, at the Government House in Yenagoa.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Diri lauded the panel for doing a good job, especially serving justice to cases that happened over 10 years ago in the state.
While explaining why the panel was set up, the governor assured that after studying the report, his administration will ensure that all the victims get reprieve.
He said: “I want to thank the members of the panel for the sacrifices they made. The issues of dispensing of knowledge has always been a challenge. It become more challenging when you have to look at prospective and retrospective issues to be able to arrive at a decision.
“Some of the reports of brutality are over some 20, 15, 10, and several years back so getting evidence to be able to make salient judgement is always very difficult.
“The setting up of this panel was for us to get to the root of the injustice, violation of human rights, and the best way in which police and other security agents in our country will discharge their duties professionally and with a human face”.
Earlier, the chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Young Ogola, while submitting the report and recommendations thanked the governor for choosing them to serve in that capacity and stated some key components of the report.
“Today we have completed our work and on the whole we received 50 petitions and we determined all of them. In this report we have 11 officers, police officers that were recommended for prosecution. From the evidence we got, they deserve to be prosecuted and we couldn’t do that.
“Forty four cases against police officers, the police force, six cases against the Nigerian Army. One Police officer is recommended for dismissal. Four police officers were reccommeded for demotion because they have done very badly. Eight cases were struck out, two cases were adjourned”.
Justice Ogola said following the effect of the brutality which resulted to death in some cases and the unjust destruction of some communities in the state by security agents, the panel recommended N21 billion as compensation to the victims.