Human Right & Advocacy

ENDSARS: Compensate Victims Or I Resign – HRPC Member to Gov. Okowa

By Kelvin Ohoror

One of the members of the Delta State Human Rights Protection Committee (HRPC), Comrade Israel Joe, has threatened to resign his membership if the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa fails to compensate victims of police brutality in the state as recommended by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry which was constituted by the state government to look into complaints of Deltans.

The rights activist made this known in an open letter to Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

The letter reads in part: “I write to draw the attention of the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa that the compensations to the EndSARS victims as recommended by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police Brutality and Extra-Judicial killings have not been paid. This has continued to give me sleepless nights since I am the one nominated to represent the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Human Rights Protection Committee.

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He recalled the promises of the governor during the inauguration of the committee on the 20th of October, 2021, where he promised to start up the payments to compensate victims of police brutality as recommended by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

According to him, the governor’s promise is yet to be fulfilled to date.

“I wish to state unambiguously and unequivocally that once compensations have not kick-started or paid before the end of April, I will have no other option than to resign my membership from the Delta State Human Rights Protection Committee as we shall continue to speak for the masses and their consistent plights,” He stated.

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