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Igbo Journalists want FG, states to compensate victims of police brutality

Igbo Journalists want FG, states to compensate victims of police brutality

 

Journalists under the aegis of United Igbo Journalists Forum (UIJF) have called on the Federal Government to ensure compensation for all victims of the recent EndSARS protests.

The group which made the call in a statement signed by its chairman, Comrade Emeka Nze, also condemned hoodlums’ attacks on public and private facilities in parts of the country.

Nze called on Nigerians to live in peace with each other irrespective of ethnic and religious inclination.

He expressed dismay that the peaceful #EndSARS protest turned violent but observed that lack of accountability by public servants and dearth of developmental stride by all tiers of government was inimical to any society.

The journalist, however, noted that violent approach to expression of grievances was counter-productive as part of resources needed  for infrastructure development will now be used to replace destroyed property.

His words “As members of the media, we have always advocated transparency in the day-to-day governance of the people at all levels.

“Religious leaders, leaders of socio-cultural groups and opinion moulders should continuously use this period and beyond to spread the message of peace, healing and national unity.

“The year 2020 already came with its challenges, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, which everyone is trying to overcome. It is therefore improper for anyone in public office to hold on to what belongs to the people in the form of palliatives.

“We use this opportunity to call on all state governors, especially  those in the South East, to not only set up a Judicial panel of Inquiry into  all forms of police brutality in the past, but to earmark substantial amount of money in the 2021budget to help identify with victims’ families.

“On the other hand, the various Judicial Panels should ensure they live up to expectation and write their names in gold.”

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