“I want to assure that as far as I remain the Governor of Ebonyi State, nobody is going to molest you. You are fighting for your rights, you are fighting for your children, and you are fighting for your future.”
This is Governor David Nweze Umahi addressing ENDSARS protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality in front of the Ebonyi State Government House , Abakaliki earlier today.
The protesters had taken off from the Pa Oruta Ngene Stadium Abakaliki at about 9am and marched en masse to the Government House.
To get the attention of the Governor, they had to block the entrance of the Government House for over four hours while they chanted Endsars repeatedly.
Governor David Umahi eventually addressed the protesters. He assured them that what they are doing is constitutional and they are fighting for their rights, their children and their future.
Steve Ugama , who stood as a representative of the protesters read out some demands that the State Governor must look into immediately.
“We want compensation paid to the families of the victims of police brutality. We want immediate release of all those illegally detained in the cell of SARS. We want the State to look at the activities of the Eke Abah police station”He read out amidst cheers from the protesters
He also demanded that the Government sets up a Commission of Enquiry to investigate every activity of SARS in the state.
“You demanded a judicial panel of inquiry, we will set it up tomorrow. The members will be from high court judge, you will deliver two people to be members of a judicial panel of inquiry”.
“There will be one youth representative, one student representative, there will also be a representative of the police and then representative of human right and then one person from the office of the Attorney-General”.
“They will seat and investigate the spate of police brutality, human rights violation, and related extra-judicial killings. They will also recommend compensations.
“There will be a trust fund set under me where the panel of inquiry is expected to collect complaints with the victims of police brutality, we will collect those complaints and then pay compensations.” He said.
He also assured that there will be a special human rights committee to check the excesses of police and a Human Rights Commission Office for easy access to human rights complaints.
The Governor also called out his phone number for the youths to call him should they face molestation from the Police. He thanked them for being law abiding and hardworking youths of the State.
Governor David Umahi also announced the resumption of all schools in the State on 21st October 2020 and asked the youth to report any lecturer that do not turn up in class.
The ENDSARS protest is a march to end police brutality in Nigeria. The protest has thus far garnered sympathy from International bodies as it enters its 11th day today.