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Compensate Victims Of Police Brutality Or I Resign My Membership Of Delta State Human Rights Protection Committee, Israel Joe Tells Okowa

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By Daniel Dafe

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

The rights activist said this in an open letter to Governor Okowa on Tuesday.

The letter reads in part: “I write to draw the attention of His Excellency Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur 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 Organizations 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 for compensating victims of police brutality as recommended by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

According to.him, this promise was yet to be fulfilled till date.

“I wish to state unambiguously and unequivocally that once compensations is 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,” Joe added.

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