Edo State government will prosecute law enforcement officers found guilty of abusing citizens’ right and who in some instances resorted to extra-judicial killing.
“I have been concerned about reported cases of people who have been killed under very suspicious circumstances allegedly by law enforcement agencies.
One thing I have promised, in the spirit of this meeting, I would fast track it by next week as to establish the office of public defender within the Ministry of Justice and ensure that the office is not connected to people in government otherwise it would be afflicted by the disease that attack the public service.
“It will be controlled by non-governmental organization, the cost of servicing the office would be borne by government but the officer will hold the office at the pleasure of non-governmental organization. That way, it would be faithful to the NGOs and not the state government,” Governor Adams Oshiomhole said while announcing plans to establish an Office of Public Defender.
The Governor thanked the civil society organizations for helping to raise awareness on human rights, saying “I believe that the NGOs are playing an important role in the socio-economic life of the state.
“We do need to sensitize our people to make contributions to those who have chosen to provide voice for the voiceless. You have a lot to do to encourage people to insist on their rights, economic rights, and political rights.
He lauded them for their contributions to the Internally Displaced Persons Camp adding that he confirmed, “It’s a genuine camp and we are now ready to provide formal support. We as the heartbeat of the nation, we will show that we are the most hospitable state in Nigeria by the way we provide for those in need and distress and make them feel welcomed. We are working on some things to see how we can build a Primary School there.
“The bill on disabled persons, the challenge is for you to lobby effectively and persuade the House of Assembly to accelerate the process so that the bill can be concluded and available for signing into law.
“I want to thank you for your resolution to dedicate your 5th Anniversary to the memory of my late wife and for your kind initiative to us. I will convey it to my children and their new mother.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations, CONGOS, in the state, Comrade Jude Obasanmi, said the organization would celebrate its fifth anniversary on 2nd October, disclosing that anniversary has been dedicated to the memory of late Mrs. Clara Oshiomhole.
He urged the governor to constitute the SACA Board to sensitize the people on dangers of the HIV/AIDS.

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