The eight-man judicial panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Extra Judicial killings in Delta State at inauguration on 19th October 2020, was given the mandate to receive, inquire and accertain the validity of Police Brutality and Extra Judicial killings as well as other related matters,
The Delta State Government believes that the panel would unearth any Human Rights Abuse in the Delta State Police Command and deal with culprits.
Justice Celestina Ogisi in her inaugural speech, pledged that the public hearing would be fair and justice served for every case brought before it.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpo in his remarks expressed confidence that the work of the panel will form the foundation for Police Reforms.
The representative of Delta State Police Commissioner, DCP Nneka Anyasinti said he believed that a better understanding will be forged between the police and the public at the end of the hearing
The chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Asaba Branch, Mr Austin Nwabueze, pledged the Association’s support to ensure success of the Panel’s Inquiry.
The first case of alledged Police Brutality and Extra Judicial killings handled by the Justice Celestina Ogisi chaired panel was that of Councilor Ukpuru arrested by the Police on the 28th of August, 2019 in Ezeneyi area of Asaba and taken to the police “A” Division in Asaba.
Witnesses will be called to testify before the panel on every case of police Harassment and brutality reported to the panel