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CBN fortified as Enugu panel tasks residents on memoranda

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Security around the Abuja office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the Central Business District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) opposite the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), was yesterday, beefed up to check invasion by ENDSARS protesters.

The decision was informed by posts on several social media handles that the demonstrators might storm the edifice yesterday.

A visit by The Guardian to the premises of the apex bank as early as 5.30a.m. revealed that a detachment of security agents, comprising the military, police and para-military officers, was visible in strategic locations to ward off possible threats.

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As at press time, there was free vehicular and human movement in and out of the area.

HOWEVER, the Administrative Panel of Inquiry constituted by the Enugu Government to look into recent deaths and other grievous bodily injuries to citizens and security personnel by the agitators and recommend compensation has reminded the public that submission of complaints closes on November 19, 2020.

It gave the reminder when the chairman, Justice Fredrick Obieze (rtd), paid advocacy visits to religious leaders to intimate them of the “genuine intention of the state government to ensure that victims are compensated appropriately, as well as the need to engage them for adequate and timely information dissemination through all places of worship to enable people access the panel for submissions.”

According to the committee, “the letters and memoranda which should be in two copies and/or a soft copy should be submitted on or before November 19, 2020 at the Conference Room, Office of the Head of Service, State Secretariat Enugu. Email: endsarspanel@gmail.com.”

It requested interested citizens to call 0806 846 7334 and 08126270512, for further inquires.

The clerics visited included Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. C.V.C Onaga, Archbishop Emmanuel O. Chukwuma of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Christopher Edeh of the Methodist Church Nigeria and the Sarki Hausa in Enugu.

Other members of the panel that is also mandated to investigate destruction of properties belonging to private citizens and security infrastructure in the South East state are Professor Frank Ezugwu, Professor Agozie Ogbodo, Godfrey Okoye, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu and Professor Ngozi Ejionueme.

Others are Rev. Emmanuel Edeh, Chief Frank Maluze, Comrade Modester Onwuha and Mr. Ben. Chinedu Oloko, while Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Charles Abugu, is serving as secretary.

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