Timely advice to governors. Please, the Commission of Inquiry should be consistent with the Commission of Inquiry laws applicable in your state.
For 19 northern states, Commission of inquiry of Northern Nigeria 1963 is the applicable law #EndSWAT
If you decide to name the Commissions as Judicial Panels of Inquiry, they must not exercise judicial powers reserved for our courts under S.6 of the Constitution 1999.
The decision of the Supreme Court on Garba v University of Maiduguri is very clear: administrative or judicial panels should not be vested with judicial powers.
For the FCT, Buhari should set up the Inquiry. FCT Minister has no power under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act 2004 to set up anything close to an Inquiry. Don't create room for lawyers to challenge the legality of the Inquiries.

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16 Oct
Great Nigerian Youths, salute, you're all doing well.
However, I read how many are promoting the Judicial Panels of Inquiry Governors are constituting upandan. Don't be deceived. #ENDSARS
I'm a lawyer of 28 years standing at the bar and I know the game these governors and their supporters are playing. If they're constituting Judicial Panels of Inquiry, they should issue proclamations constituting these panels under the law.
Mere press statements are insufficient. Every state in Nigeria has the Commission of Inquiry Law; and they should constitute these panels under this law. Don't let them pool wool over your eyes.
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16 Oct
Hey, folks, I've npw watched the Wike Channels TV interview. Thanks to those who DM-ed clips.
I've tweeted extensively on the Judicial Panels of Inquiry, the law and the politics and I've asked why Buhari isn't empanelling an Inquiry
By exercising his powers under the Tribunal of Inquiry Act 2004; why are governors taking responsibility for the actions of a federal agency? I have also asked why governors are hurrying setting up Judicial Panels of Inquiry without
Telling us which law backs their actions. Nobody has told us who would pay the compensation to victims that the NEC stated in its communique. Without a national Victims Fund legislation, everything na wayo
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16 Oct
Please, if you're good at demonizing generations before your own, all of this is for you:
1) Not every member of generations before your own partook in the destruction of Nigeria;
2) As it is always the case, past generations had their Adamu Garbas of today
3) Many parents in their 50s today looked the other way while our country burned. Their kids are teaching them what they feared to do: fight for the soul of Nigeria;
4) If you do the stereotyping, generalisation and blanket demonization of yester generations, it is wrong!
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16 Oct
Folks, Judicial Panels of Inquiry are like courts but they are not courts. Their procedures are simpler and less technical- not technical at all.
Like courts, they're not Father Christmas
They adjudicate on cases brought before them. They don't manufacture their own cases. So, what they hear is what you bring before them.
We need activist lawyers on these streets to represent victims at the Panels. It is the next stage of #EndSARSProtest: put the police and the state on trial at the Panels
Read 7 tweets
16 Oct
Dear HE @GovernorObaseki, greetings, Sir.
As an Edolite I'm interested in the process of selection of members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry agreed by the NEC to investigate SARS abuses and police brutality.
Edolites have fought against SARS since 2013, even when it wasn't a fashionable to fight, culminating in the removal of Compol Haliru Gwandu from Edo. So they deserve a credible Judicial Panel of Inquiry
In light of the foregoing, Sir, I humbly suggest that Rtrd Justice Esohe Ikponwen, former CJ Edo, be appointed chair of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry
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16 Oct
I will answer with a small thread.
I've concerns about the way the Judicial Panels of Inquiry have been reduced to the subnational states and FCT. More so that we are dealing with the brutality of a federal agency- NPF
Perhaps, due to logistics, and perhaps too, due to the fact that victims are largely indigent, decision was taken to hold state-wide inquiry.
Given the above, my view is that Buhari should have set up the Judicial Panel of Inquiry by exercising his power under the Tribunal of Inquiry Act, 2004. He hasn't done that.
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