Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Tuesday, constituted a nine-member Administrative Panel of Inquiry to look into loss of lives and grievous bodily injuries occasioned by the violent #EndSARS protest in the state.
The panel according to statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, will also look into the related destruction of property of private citizens and security infrastructure in the State.
The statement noted that the governor constituted the panel “pursuant to Executive Order No. 04 of 2020 dated 27th October, 2020, made in the exercise of his powers under Section 4 (1) of the Commission of Inquiry Law Cap. 24 of the Revised Laws of Enugu State 2004”.
It stated that the terms of reference of the panel, which has sixty days to conclude and submit its report to the governor, are “to identify private persons and security personnel who lost their lives and recommend compensation that may be paid to their families” and “to identify private persons and security personnel who sustained grievous bodily injuries and recommend compensation that may be paid to them”.
The panel was also “to determine private properties and security infrastructure destroyed and recommend compensation and/or remedial measures” and “make any recommendations arising out of the evidence, considerations or findings of the Administrative Panel in relation to the matters set out in paragraphs a – c above that the panel considers appropriate.”
The statement also disclosed that membership of the panel, which will be inaugurated on Wednesday, today, October 28, 2020 at the Government House, Enugu at 1pm include – Justice Fredrick Obieze, (retd.) – Chairman; Prof. Frank Ezugwu, Prof. Agozie Ogbodo, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu, Prof. Ngozi Ejionueme.
Others are Rev. Emmanuel Edeh, Chief Frank Maluze, Comrade Modester Onwuha, Mr Ben. Chinedu Oloko, and Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Charles Abugu, who will serve as the Secretary.