Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated he’s not a celebration to the directive by the Nationwide Govt Council, NEC for Governors to set-up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to research actions of the Particular Anti Theft Squad, SARS, of their varied states.
NEC, after its assembly Thursday, had directed the quick institution of state-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry to research complaints of police brutality or associated additional judicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Particular Anti-Theft Squads (SARS) and different police items.
The Judicial Panels to be arrange in all of the states will embody representatives of youths, college students, civil society organizations and could be chaired by a revered retired State Excessive Courtroom Choose.
However Governor Wike isn’t having it.
Wike, whereas talking on an interview on a reside tv programme monitored from Port Harcourt, questioned who will fund the panel of inquiry.
The Governor, who stated the Federal Authorities is trivialising the calls for by #EndSARS protesters by directing state governors to take cost of tactical instructions of the police, careworn that he wouldn’t fund a judicial panel of inquiry of s police that’s being managed by the Federal authorities.
He added that state governors can’t take cost of tactical instructions as a result of they can’t make use of or self-discipline anybody who errs.
In response to him, “Rivers State, we arrange a Judicial Fee of Inquiry that indicted SARS officers. As an alternative of the Police authorities punishing the indicted officers, they shielded them and even promoted one to the rank of an Assistant Inspector Basic.
“Now, the Federal Authorities needs us to arrange one other Fee of Inquiry when the report of the final one we arrange was not applied.
“We’re in a Federal System. Points can’t be addressed by the Federal Authorities giving directives to State Governors.
“There’s want for all stakeholders to have a look at the assorted legal guidelines establishing the Police to find out the roles of Councils, States and the Federal Authorities.”