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Monday, October 19, 2020

#EndPoliceBrutality: Justice Akintayo leads Ekiti judicial panel - ITREALMS

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, has directed the immediate establishment of Ekiti State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations against Police Officers including officers of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Persons, reports 
ITREALMS.

Members of the Panel, ITREALMS  gathered would be led by Honourable Justice Cornelius Akintayo (Rtd) as Chairman, Mr. Dipo Ayeni, Commissioner of Police (Rtd), Mrs. Yetunde Kolawole, State Counsel- (Representing the Honourable Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice); Mrs. Kikelomo Owolabi, Chairperson, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikere-Ekiti Branch; Mr. Rotimi Ojomoyela, Chair, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ekiti State Branch; Mr. Jamiu Abiodun Adigun, Representative, National Human Rights Commission; Mr. Adeyinka Opaleke, Representative, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria; and  Ms. Caroline Fakinlede, Ekiti State Youths Representative.

Also in the panel is Mr. Abiola Johnson-Ogunleye, who would be standing for the Ekiti State Students; and Mr. Akin Rotimi, Researcher, Police Reforms.

ITREALMS  equally gathered that the Terms of Reference of the Judicial Panel encompased;

i) Receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra-judicial killings;

ii) Receive and Investigate complaints of violence against individuals and destruction of properties in every part of Ekiti State in the course of the protest;

iii) Evaluate evidence presented and other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and

iv) Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

In addition, 
ITREALMS  gathered that while the duration of the assignment of the panel will be six months, the Chairman of the panel will be expected to provide monthly further briefings to the Honourable Attorney- General & Commissioner for Justice to enhance the speedy consideration of all complaints.

In order to enable the panel respond appropriately to the urgent needs of victims of rights violations, Mr. 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, process and resolve complaints by telephone or social media channels.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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