Governor Gboyega Oyetola on Thursday inaugurated a twelve-man judicial panel of Inquiry on police brutality in the state.
The programme was held at the Government House in Osogbo. The committee is to be chaired by a retired High Court judge, Akin Oladimeji.
Here is the Terms of Reference of the Panel are:
1. Receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality, human rights violations and related extra judicial killings.
2. Evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints.
3. Recommend indicted police officers involved in brutality to the Police Authorities for appropriate discipline and prosecution as appropriate
4. Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate, to appease the victims of police brutality
5. Investigate the violent attack carried out against Mr. Governor and his entourage at Olaiya roundabout on 17th October, 2020 and make appropriate recommendations
The Panel is expected to round off its Assignment within six months
Governor Oyetola told the chairman and members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry that they are being called to this sacred duty at a time the status of the State as a peaceful one is being challenged and at a time their recommendations and outcomes are needed to instil confidence in the enraged youths and trust in our government.
This Judicial Panel of Inquiry shall engage in public hearing and shall elicit presentations and testimonies from concemed members of the public. Oyetola therefore urge members of the public to come out to make presentations to the Panel in the interest of justice.
The modus operandi for exercising this right by the members of the public shall be communicated to them by the Panel.