Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Petitioners make preliminary presentations before Ondo judicial panel on police brutality

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The disappearance of a man, Mr James kegbe whose whereabout has been allegedly concealed since 2016 by operatives of the defunct SARS and 32 other cases of police brutality and other matters are among cases which the judicial panel of Inquiry on police brutality in Ondo state will do justice to.

Petitioners at the inaugural sitting of the panel in Akure also expressed hope that the judicial panel set up by Governor Akeredolu will be fair and ensure justice for victims of police brutality during the Endsars protest.

Orange FM’s Gbenga Oluwajana reports that the petitioners present asked for convenient dates for the hearing of their petitions which the panel granted.

Gathered at the Adegbemile cultural centre were petitioners who submitted various complaints to the panel ranging from police brutality to vandalism of property as a result of the hijack of the endsars protest by hoodlums.

At the inaugural sitting presided by Justice Adesola sidiq (rtd), there were 32 cases of police brutality and other matters in Ondo state out of which 17 petitions were cases of vandalization of property while 15 petitions were cases on police brutality.

The petitioners were made to obey the precautionary measures on COVID 19 as they wore the face masks and used hand sanitizer before entering the venue to prevent the spread of the virus.

One of the petitions submitted was a case of police brutality allegedly meted out to Mr James kegbe and concealment of his whereabouts since 2016 by operatives of the defunct SARS.

A lawyer, Mr Akin Egbuwabi who stood in for Mrs Bodunwa Williams said the setting up of the judicial panel of inquiry to listen to victims of police brutality is a right step in the right direction towards getting justice for all.

Other petitioners said they are hopeful that their complaints would be critically assessed.

Cases ranging from vandalism of property and police brutality were adjourned to a convenient date for the petitioners on sitting days which holds on Tuesdays, wednesdays and Thursdays

The Secretary, Ondo state judiciary panel of inquiry on police brutality and other matters, Lanre Amuda said petitioners who are still interested in submitting their petitions are free to do so as the sitting progresses.