The Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to probe the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and related offences, cancelled a petition by Oyigbo Indigenous Lawyers Association seeking an end to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra activities in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The petition, filed on behalf of the people of Oyigbo LGA, also sought that the Rivers State Government should rebuild all public infrastructure destroyed in the area when hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state.
Chairman of the Panel, Hon. Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (retd.), while dismissing the petition reminded the association that the panel was inaugurated to investigate police brutality adding that the matter was outside the panel’s terms of reference.
OILA’s counsel, O.C Higher-King, briefing the newsmen, stated that the banned group (IPOB) successfully lifted its flag in Oyigbo because they felt that the area had been abandoned by the state government.
Higher-King also said during the mayhem in Oyigbo, there were cases of police and military brutality.
He added, “We recommend that the state government take over Oyigbo and own Oyigbo because the bride that is abandoned is public property. That is the problem we have, but they have struck it out.
“We also demanded that they should rebuild the entire damaged infrastructure in Oyigbo, including Police stations and all the courts.”