Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has received the report from the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that carried out the report around Human Rights Abuses, Police violence and not legally authorized Killings by the dissolved infamous police unit, named Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.
The report was handed over to him by the chairman of the commission, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (rtd) at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Governor Nyesom Wike stated that the Rivers State government has played its role by setting up the commission and will also reveal the White Paper at the next meeting of the State Executive Council.
The Rivers State Governor urged the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the new Commissioner of Police (CP) to execute the white paper as evidence that the Federal Government was actually serious about ending such police brutality and violence in the country.
To be sincere I am not sure the present Inspector General (IG) is really serious about tackling insecurity In the country. Presently, he has elected a new Police Commissioner for political participation.
If after all that has been done, we emerge with the White Paper and the Attorney General transfers it to the police to execute or to prosecute as the situation implies, will it be executed?
This is the sole reason I am challenging the IG and the new CP to ensure that they prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Federal Government is actually serious about telling states to set up Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence of the police and other security agencies.
Justice Chukwunenye Uriri stated that the commission has recorded 190 petitions, revoked 82 for lack of due diligence or jurisdiction, and finally accepted 108 of them.
He said that the values depicts the highest level of recklessness, misuse of law and order in the country. According to him, the policemen who where responsible for the the crime against Rivers people, especially Mr. Akin Fakorede and his other counterparts do not have any affiliation or relationship with the State.
It is important that our commission bear the highest figure when it comes to petitions in the country. Lagos State has 210 petitions as compared to our 190 petitions. Lagos State is currently higher in numbers but none the less by the grace of God, we are glad to present this report to you.
It is our opinion that this values signify the highest degree of total ignorance and disrespect of law and order by the various law enforcement agencies in the State.
Governor Nyesom Wike has on the other hand named 5 members of the State Executive Council who will go through the report and interpret the full content of the White Paper.
The members of the State Executive Council to interpret the report of the White Paper includes the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor; Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwins, Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs. Inime Chinwenwo- Aguma, Commissioner for Education amongst others.