Ikpeazu sets up panel on police looting, arson Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has set up a panel of inquiry to investigate alleged extra-judicial activities by some suspected security agents around the Ndiegoro area of Aba.

This was sequel to the alarm raised by residents of the area, who accused some unidentified police officers of looting and burning their houses.

The governor also directed the panel to look into the remote and immediate causes of the reported incidents as well as determine those involved with a view to bringing them to justice.

The panel is also to establish and evaluate properties lost as a result of the alleged extra-judicial action.

Members of the panel include Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai (Chairman), Rev Ogboso Ejindu, (Secretary), Sopuruchi Ernest Beke (SOP), HRH Eze Sunday  Emejiaka and Dr NCNC Okoli.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John OkiyiKalu, stated that the panel had two weeks to turn in the report of its findings to the governor.

He urged the panel to work without any prejudice to the ongoing police investigations into the matter which would primarily determine criminal culpability.

The statement also urged law abiding members of the public to go about their normal business without fear of further molestation as the government was fully on top of the situation.

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