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#EndSARS: Ekiti state governor, Fayemi constitute State Judicial Panel for Police brutality

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has constituted a judicial panel of inquiry to probe the allegations of human violations by police officers in the state.

The Governor named Justice Cornelius Akintayo, a retired Judge of the Ekiti State High Court, and Mr. Dipo Ayeni, a retired Commissioner of Police, as members of the panel.

The protest rocking the state and in major cities in the country has been ongoing due to the brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, officers.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebide, on Monday and made available to journalists.

Other members of the panel are: Mrs. Yetunde Kolawole, State Counsel- Representing the Honourable Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice,

Mr. Rotimi Ojomoyela, Chair, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ekiti State Branch, Mrs. Kikelomo Owolabi, Chairperson, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikere-Ekiti Branch.

Others include Mr. Jamiu Abiodun Adigun, Representative, National Human Rights Commission, Ms. Caroline Fakinlede, Ekiti State Youths Representative, Mr. Adeyinka Opaleke, Representative, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Mr. Akin Rotimi, Researcher, Police Reforms and Mr. Abiola Johnson-Ogunleye- Ekiti State Students Representative.

Fayemi gave the Terms of Reference of the Judicial Panel; to receive the complaints of Police brutality or related to extra-judicial killings and investigate it; to receive complaints of the destruction of properties and violence against individuals in every part of Ekiti State in the course of the protest and investigate it.

“It will also evaluate the evidence presented and other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints, and Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.”

Fayemi said the panel has a duration of six months to complete their assignment. During this duration, the panel chairman will be providing monthly report briefing to the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice for speedy consideration of all complaints gathered.

” In order to enable the panel to respond appropriately to the urgent needs of victims of rights violations, the Governor has established a Victims Compensation Fund to enable the speedy payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.

” Mr. Governor has further directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately ensure that its Department of Citizens Rights in addition to receiving walk-in complaints by victims of Human Rights violation is able to receive and to process and resolve complaints by telephone or social media channels.”

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