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Benue, Enugu, Bauchi, Bayelsa raise panels

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Drawing inspiration from the recent nationwide #EndSARS protests, Governor Samuel Ortom, yesterday, inaugurated a steering committee to chart future for young people in Benue State.

He noted that the demonstrations had drawn attention of leaders to the deficit in governance and the need to urgently rectify them for youths to thrive.

During the ceremony in Makurdi, he charged the Dave Ogbole-led team on equity, fairness and inclusiveness.

ALSO, his Enugu counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has raised a nine-member Administrative Panel to assess the losses incurred during the agitation and recommended compensation.

He sympathised with those who lost their loved ones and properties to the disturbances.

The governor equally identified with those who suffered injuries during the mayhem.

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Ugwuanyi, who expressed gratitude to God for the return of normalcy in the state, acknowledged the wise counsel of traditional rulers, religious leaders and stakeholders “who in the heat of the mayhem, lent their voices to the call for restraint and responsible citizenship.”

He enjoined residents to cooperate with the panel for a successful job.

The committee, which has 60 days to submit its report, has Justice Fredrick Obieze (rtd) as chairman.

Other members comprise Prof. Frank Ezugwu, Prof. Agozie Ogbodo, Mr. Godfrey Okoye, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu and Prof. Ngozi Ejionueme.

Others are Rev. Emmanuel Edeh, Chief Frank Maluze, Comrade Modester Onwuha and Mr. Ben. Chinedu Oloko, while Mr. Charles Abugu is serving as secretary.

HOWEVER, the Justice Habibu Idris Shall-chaired panel in Bauchi State has assured that justice would be served victims of police brutality.

He spoke shortly after their inauguration by Governor Bala Mohammed.

IN a similar vein, Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has raised a Judicial Inquiry on Police Brutality in Bayela State, applauding the peaceful conduct of protesters during the exercise.

He also set up the panel on Security and Human Rights yesterday in Yenagoa.

He said both committees were in response to the demands of the protesters when he addressed them at the Government House penultimate weekend.

His Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as decrying the criminal aspects of the protests in parts of the country while expressing appreciation to the protesters in the state for their orderly conduct.

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