Akwa Ibom Panel tackled over recommendations__EndSARS

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation has faulted the state EndSars panel on police brutality for submitting a report without making public its recommendations.

The panel led by Justice Ifiok Ukana (retd.), last week submitted its recommendations to the state government during an enlarged Executive Council meeting.

But the CLO in a statement on Thursday by its chairman, Franklyn Isong and Secretary Christopher Ekpo while commending the panel chairman for dedication, however, urged him to clear the haze by making public its recommendations.

Isong expressed the fear that such recommendations which are not open to the public may give room for suppression of the recommendations.

He said his worries stemmed from the “unsavoury” manner which the present administration suppressed the collapsed Reigners Bible Church recommendations and white paper.

The statement said, “The Civil Liberties Organisation has faulted the EndSARS Panel of Investigation constituted by the Akwa Ibom State Government to investigate incidences of Police brutality and infractions of the rights of Nigerians in Akwa Ibom State for submitting its Report to the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, without making public its recommendations.

“CLO, noted that the manner in which the EndSARS Panel shrouded its recommendations in secrecy leaves room for the suppression of the recommendations.

“We are worried given the unsavoury manner in which the current state administration suppressed the recommendations and white paper of the 2017 Reigners Bible Church Panel of Inquiry.

“While commending the Chairman and members of the Justice Ifiok Ukana EndSARS Panel for their dedication and commitment, CLO, calls on the Panel to clear the haze by making public its recommendations”.

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