Judicial Panel of Inquiry: Gov. Diri Recuses Himself from Chairing Special Security and Human Rights Committee after public outcry …As Barr. Aluzu withdrew earlier position

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Following public outcry and concerns about the proprietary of the Governor of Bayelsa State heading the Special Security and Human Rights Committee, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has recused himself from the Committee and in his stead inaugurated the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as the Chairman of the Committee

A Human Right Lawyer, Barr. Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu, Esq had earlier distances himself from any committee chaired by the Governor of Bayelsa State concerning the #EndSARS Police Brutality Protest.

The Lawyer who’s currently representing clients of some human rights abuse cases of Police Brutality in the State he cannot make any representation before a man who kidnap his Client, Mienpamo Onitsha Saint and detain him for more than four days. Neither will he honour a Committee on human rights set up by Douye Diri when He is still in court with his Chief of Staff who used Police to brutalize Cherry-lucitress Ebikoboere Vijah Opuama, the wife of his Client, Vijah Inowei Eldred Opuama until she had a miscarriage and locked her husband up for more than three weeks.

He said Governor Douye Diri is yet to make any public apology in the wake of the demonstrations for the infractions on the rights of these people.

He further said it will make nonsense of the principles he had come to hold onto and guard jealously as a Lawyer to honour a man who denied legitimate business owner their rights to own properties in Bayelsa state without due procss.

He said by doing that, is conscience and posterity will never forgive him.

Barr. Aluzu further said in as much as he welcome the setting up of a Panel of Enquiry into Police brutality in Bayelsa State. That as a Lawyer, he have come face to face and had to relive tales of Police excesses from some clients whose ordeal is only better imagined.

“I have received calls from direct victims and witnesses of Uniform brute following the setting up of a various committee by the Governor, His Excellency, Douye Diri including a call from Mr Kokorifa Daniel, the father of Innocent Kokorifa, the 17 years old who’se life was cut short by trigger happy police officers in Bayelsa State to state their case before the Panel of Enquiry”

“Before then, I have spoken with Dr Matthew Ayibakuro over the phone who took his time to painstakingly save me from my many concerns and misgivings about the protests in solidarity of the nationwide #EndSars movement in Bayelsa State and I agree with him as a man of character that the protests have no political colouration”

“However, I shall continue to distance myself as a person from the protests and the Committees set up by the Governor”

“Neither will my office make any representation before any Committee set up by Governor Douye Diri or chaired by him until he recuse himself from the Committee which he chair and direct the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State to set up the Committee with immediate effect”

“As a matter of personal conviction and principle, Douye Diri as a person lacks the moral fibre to speak against Police brutality talkless of chairing or supervising a Committee whose terms of reference is human rights”

“It negates the principle of nemo judex incasa sua and allows Diri to sit over his case”

“Governor Diri cannot play ostrich over the legitimate demands of Nigeria youth being an Executive himself that has used security apparatus to intimidate, harras and brutalize Bayelsans” Barr. Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu Stated.

But following the inauguration of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee, the Governor of Bayelsa State had recused himself from the Committee and in his stead inaugurated the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as the Chairman of the Committee

Barr. Aluzu had said; In view of this new development, he has withdraw his earlier position to boycott making representations to the Committees initially constituted by the Governor.

His Words Thus;

“This shows that the Governor of Bayelsa State is a listening Governor and deserves commendation”

“In view of this development, I hereby withdraw my earlier position to boycott making representations to the Committees initially constituted by His Excellency”

“Call me on 07068639696 or send details to [email protected]
May posterity be kind.
Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu, Esq.
28/10/2020”

See the difference in the committee below:

Members of the first Special Security and Human Rights Committee

  1. Senator Douye Diri (Governor) – Chairman
  2. Mr. Biriyai Dambo, SAN (Secretary)
  3. Bayelsa Police Commissioner -Member
  4. State Director, DSS -Member
  5. Special Adviser 1 on Security to Governor, Mr. Agberebi Akpoebi -Member
  6. Mr. Ingobiowei Awoitega, Special Adviser 2 on Security -Member

7.Mr. Alaowei Opokuma, Esq. – Member

  1. Mr. Eugene Baadom (State Co-ordinator, National Human Rights Commission) – Member
  2. Dr. Mathew Ayebakuro (EndSars Youths Rep.) – Member

Members of the second and inaugurated Special Security and Human Rights Committee

  1. Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo (Dep.Governor) – Chairman
  2. Mr. Biriyai Dambo, SAN (Secretary)
  3. Mr. Mike Okoli,Bayelsa Police Commissioner -Member
  4. Mr. A.A. Mahmoud,State Director, DSS -Member
  5. Special Adviser 1 on Security to Governor, Mr. Agberebi Akpoebi -Member
  6. Mr. Felix Ngobiowei, Special Adviser 2 on Security -Member

7.Mr. Alaowei Opokuma, Esq. – Member

  1. Mr. Eugene Baadom (State Co-ordinator, National Human Rights Commission) – Member
  2. Dr. Mathew Ayebakuro (EndSars Youths Rep.) – Member
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