Thursday, January 21, 2021

Police counsel makes first appearance before Judicial panel on police brutality



The legal representative of the Ondo state Police Command has made its first appearance before the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on cases of alleged brutality and extra-judicial killings by personnel in some parts of the state.

The counsel to the police Tolu Abisagbo expressed readiness to abide by the dictates of the panel while also affirming the readiness of the Police authorities to cooperate with the panel on various petitions against its personnel.

Orange FM’s Flora Iweanya reports that the Police counsel at the hearing pleaded to be given more time to study the cases and respond appropriately.

Abisagbo also expressed surprise at the presence of some petitions before the panel, noting that some are already at the Appeal court while the high court has delivered judgement on others but the petitioners didn’t follow up adequately.

Counsel to some of the petitioners Benjamin Obilor and Joseph Arinju appealed to the panel to look into the cases and make appropriate recommendations.

The panel thereafter moved to the APC secretariat to inspect the level of damage done by hoodlums during the EndSARS protest where the counsel Henry Akingbesote said the party is asking for about 270 million naira compensation from the state government.

The APC party secretary Alaaye Adesina also appealed to the panel for proper consideration of its demand.

The panel adjourned hearing of the petitions on Aketi campaign office as well as those of chief Olayide Adelami, Ondo postal services and Theophilus ilemobayo till 19th, 21st and 28th of January.