January 24, 2021

My News on Point

Daily News Update From Top News Blog Around The World | Your News on The Go

Six weeks after inauguration, Oyo judicial panel yet to sit

5 min read

Six weeks after the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, inaugurated the state’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry to look into cases of police brutalities by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units against citizens, no single sitting and cases have been heard.

During the nationwide #EndSARS protest against police brutality, the government reached some concessions with the protesters.

One of such concessions was the setting up of judicial panels of inquiry by state governments to look into cases of alleged violations of human rights by SARS ,now disbanded, and other units of the police.

The six southwest states swiftly inaugurated their panels of inquiry based on the directive of the federal government.

While this newspaper has consistently reported how cases are being treated in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo, no case has been heard in Oyo State, despite being one of the hot spots of the protest.

Panel inauguration

On November 10, Mr Makinde inaugurated a panel made up of 11 members selected from the legal circle, the National Human Rights Commission, the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), the National Youth Council of Nigeria, youth representatives of #EndSARS protesters and the community.

The panel is led by a retired judge, Bolajoko Adeniji.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor encouraged all citizens of the state to report their cases with the assurance that all matters would be treated justly.

“I encouraged anyone who has faced human rights abuse in the hands of any of the security forces to use this opportunity to seek justice. I also stated that those responsible for the deaths of Isiaka Jimoh, Ganiyu Moshood Alabi, and Adeoye Taiwo would be brought to book”, he said then.

Mr Jimoh was a 23-year-old resident of Ogbomosho, and student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Oyo State, who was shot dead by security operatives during protest on October 10.

The uproar that followed his death led to the death of two others namely Mr Alabi amd Mr Taiwo.

Panel not sitting?

The failure of the panel to hold any sitting has generated kerfuffle on social media. Many citizens of the state have taken to Twitter to question Mr Makinde about the refusal of the panel to hear cases of abuse.

Dangote adbanner 728x90_2 (1)

A twitter user @savvyrinu said, “Seyi Makinde, what’s happening with the Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry?@seyiamakinde !”

Another user posted that “Oyo state, do we still remember Jimoh Isiaq, some of us haven’t forgotten him Oyo State Judicial Panel Seyi Makinde. Regardless #JimohIsiaq Lives on”

Akin Akinwale wrote that: “The EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry in Oyo State no get venue, not to talk of say dem go start. When they start, I will be there LIVE.”

Some other tweets that questioned the refusal of the panel to sit are as follows:

Governor speaks

This newspaper on Thursday contacted Mr Makinde to speak on why Oyo is the only southwest state yet to hear any case six weeks after inauguration.

The governor’s spokesperson, Taiwo Adisa, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that the panel is conducting preliminary investigations into the record of alleged atrocities.

“Because the panel has not advertised its sitting does not mean it is not sitting. The panel is currently conducting preliminary investigations into the record of alleged atrocities.”

“The panel need to go through all case files so they can flow in the open court. They have started working, analysing case by case and alleged authorities submitted to them. When they are ready to the open call, you will know.”

Support PREMIUM TIMES’ journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401…

PT Mag Campaign AD

Source link

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us
  • Contribute to MyNewsonPoint - Register to become an author to contribute with your knowledge.
  • Send breaking news, releases, photos or videos of happenings around the world Us via
Live Updates COVID-19 CASES
  • World 99,363,402
    Confirmed: 99,363,402
    Active: 25,802,518
    Recovered: 71,429,623
    Death: 2,131,261
  • USA 25,566,789
    Confirmed: 25,566,789
    Active: 9,808,205
    Recovered: 15,330,949
    Death: 427,635
  • UK 3,617,459
    Confirmed: 3,617,459
    Active: 1,903,823
    Recovered: 1,616,307
    Death: 97,329
  • Italy 2,455,185
    Confirmed: 2,455,185
    Active: 498,834
    Recovered: 1,871,189
    Death: 85,162
  • Nigeria 120,602
    Confirmed: 120,602
    Active: 23,199
    Recovered: 95,901
    Death: 1,502
  • Ghana 60,115
    Confirmed: 60,115
    Active: 2,799
    Recovered: 56,955
    Death: 361