The Abia State panel in Umuahia on Tuesday had its inaugural sitting with over 44 petitions at hand.

The Chairman of the 17-member panel, Justice Sunday Imo, said, “This panel shall in line with her mandate ensure that those who were once victims of police brutality and maltreatment get the required justice and possibly put an end any form of police harassment, intimidation, and abuse of the rights of the citizens of Abia State.”

According to the Secretary of the panel and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Uzoamaka Uche Ikonne, “about 44 petitions have been received, but the tribunal has not yet accessed all petitions sent online.”

Four petitions were entertained and all adjourned till next week to enable the defendants, the Commissioner of Police, Abia State, and others who were absent but represented by Superintendent of Police, Stanley Ofoegbu “to verify the complainants and be acquainted with the matters.”