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#EndSARS Aftermath: Lagos Panel Gets Three Months Extension

Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on March 30, 2021

 

The tenure of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution For Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters has been prolonged for an additional three months.

The new date has been fastened for July 19 which is in opposition to the sooner deadline of April 19, 2021.

The Lagos panel was inaugurated by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on October 19, 2020, to amongst different issues obtain memoranda from involved members of the general public and inquire into circumstances of abuse, brutality, torture, and extrajudicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS) in Lagos.

As of the deadline for the receipt of the memo, the panel had obtained 235 petitions.

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution briefing journalists on its three months extension

 

Today’s sitting is the sixty fifth and to this point the panel has part-heard over 115 circumstances and given out about N44m as compensation.

The very first petition the panel heard on Tuesday concerned a bed-ridden 76-year-old petitioner, Prince Adewanle Adewuyi who had alleged police brutality, aggravated assault after his 26 acres of land in Age-Mowo village Badagry was forcefully taken over by the police in Dec. 2013.

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The land is claimed to be value over N800million.

At the final sitting of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi had summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Commissioner of police answerable for Legal Dept, Abuja, the AIG Co-Operative Police College, Ikeja, and the Surveyor-General of Lagos State.

At the resumption of proceedings right this moment, the Petitioner’s counsel, Debo Adeleke famous that each one events summoned had honored the panel’s invitation and even reached out to him for an amicable decision of the matter.

The counsel additionally said that with the interference of the Panel, it has proven that hope isn’t misplaced for the widespread man.

The counsel to the police, Bonnyface Asogwa has advised the Panel that the Inspector General of Police, has ordered all involved officers to make sure they handover the land to the petitioner as quickly as potential.

He then requested for a brief adjournment to permit events to tidy up each documentation over the matter.

Counsel to the AIG Co-operative, Police College, Okey Barrah who aligned himself with this request advised the Panel that the workforce of involved officers had already visited the location and work is in progress to make sure justice is completed.

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