The panel of inquiry arrange by Governor Kayode Fayemi to probe into allegations of police brutality and different injustices in Ekiti State, yesterday started sitting, with a stern warning to petitioners who parade faux paperwork to remain away from face prosecution.
The panel assured that it could dispense justice with out concern or favour and likewise requested policemen who additionally suffered any type of violation to file their petitions earlier than the panel to hunt justice.
The panel handed down the warning in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, when it started sitting on the allegations of human rights violation in opposition to Law enforcement officials, together with these of the disbanded Particular Anti Theft Squad(SARS).
At its inaugural assembly, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Cornelius Akintayo, mentioned: “I need to sound a observe of warning that it’s a grievous offence to convey fictitious paperwork earlier than this panel.
“On the proper time, we are going to name all petitioners to return and testify to check the veracity of the paperwork offered and all their claims earlier than this panel.
“Police can also get justice. The CP ought to inform his those that if any of them had suffered any injury or had his rights abridged, he ought to file in his petition as a result of we’re all residents of this nation.
“There have to be justice for all for Nigeria to have peace. We have to get justice both as police as members of the society or for the one suffered by any member of the society from the police.
“As a fact-finding panel, we are going to attempt to get to the roots of any problem introduced earlier than us, as a result of we will’t manufacture proof for ourselves. Folks have to be affected person with us as we trash all points. Whoever that’s alleged can be invited to additionally defend himself within the spirit of a good listening to”.
In his remark, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, appealed to the panel to take cognisance of the truth that any policeman who had been disciplined for any misdemeanour needs to be let off the hook, so as to not endure double punishment.
“Within the police, we’ve mechanisms that we use to deal with points like this, however this one can even complement. Lately, 10 policemen, together with an Assitant Commissioner of Police had been dismissed by the police authority. Some are nonetheless going through the disciplinary committee. Punishments are being meted out to our officers after we get a report of a breach of oath.
“The panel should consider that we’ve some policemen, who’ve been sentenced to jail, dying, demotion, dismissed for an offence. We would like you to be aware of whether or not they had been punished earlier than your suggestions, in order that they received’t endure double punishment.
“Something that may make you succeed, we are going to do at our finish”.
The Lawyer Basic and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Olawale Fapohunda, described the duty earlier than the panel as daunting, including that their duties had been made simpler by the need of the folks to get justice for infringements of now and previously.
Fapohunda acknowledged that “the federal government will make sure that as many as attainable that attend this panel will get justice. We anticipate that the panel will facilitate interplay between the federal government and the youth. The federal government can also be looking for an modern approach via know-how to widen the scope of entry to justice throughout all villages.
“This panel doesn’t counsel that the Nigerian police are on trial. Throughout the police in Ekiti, we’ve had course to get policemen who served us professionally, however we’ve to get justice for our individuals who had suffered any injustice previously and now, it’s a necessary obligation for our authorities.
“We’ve got made out there to you authorized officers from the workplace of public defenders and residents’ rights to supply companies to you and likewise medical consultants. It’s our hope that this panel will give succour to whoever comes right here to hunt justice”.
The NMA Chairman, Ekiti chapter, Dr. Kayode Ariyibi, mentioned the panel should exploit the medical inquiry mechanism to get to the basis of some claims made by petitioners, saying medical consultants within the state are able to accomplice the panel on this regard.
Additionally, Mr. Adeyemi Adewumi, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Affiliation(NBA), Ado department, urged the panel to make the rule of process out there to the general public, saying his members are additionally prepared to supply free authorized companies to any petitioner showing earlier than the panel.
The panel adjourned sitting to Thursday, November 5, 2020, for a listening to of the petitions.