#EndSARS Panel Awards Man Who Spent Six Years In Prison Without Trial

 

Marc Chidiebere Nwadi, a man who spent six years in prison without a trial, has been awarded ₦7.5m by the Lagos State Government.

The state government, through the State Judicial Panel on the Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters, on Friday delivered the judgment on the man’s case, noting that he suffered in the hands of police officers owing to his inability to offer a bribe.

Chairman of the panel and ex-Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Doris Okuwobi presented a cheque of N7.5 million to the petitioner on behalf of the state government.

“We hereby give an award of N7.5 million in favor of the petitioner,” Justice Okuwobi said, noting that the petitioner endured six years in prison without any justification.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on the Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters, Justice Doris Okuwobi, on March 12, 2021 issues cheque of ₦7.5m to Marc Chidiebere Nwadi, a petitioner who spent six years in the prison without trial.

 

“The petitioner was incarcerated in the prime of his life without justification for six years and was never tried or sentenced for any crime despite enduring a long six-year stay in prison and losing a vital part of his youth and opportunities.”

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Channels Television gathered that it took about three years when a corps member was posted to serve in the prison that a message was sent to his family. Through that corps member, he was released after three years through some missionaries.

The petitioner who was said to be 18 years when he was arrested was freed at the age of 24 years.

Now he is 40 years and just got justice

He has written two books while in prison and founded an NGO to encourage the youths to stay on the right path.

Jury Selection Begins In George Floyd Murder Trial

(FILES)  The 46-year-old died of asphyxiation beneath the knee of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, on May 25, 2020 in the US city of Minneapolis. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

 

Jury selection began on Tuesday in the high-profile trial of the white police officer accused of killing George Floyd, a Black man whose death was captured on video and sparked mass protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world.

Former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin is facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in connection with Floyd’s May 25 death.

Jury selection had been scheduled to begin on Monday but was delayed for a day as prosecutors sought to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against the 44-year-old Chauvin.

A court of appeals has not yet issued its ruling but Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill decided to go ahead with jury selection anyway.

 

These images taken on May 25, 2020, from a video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during the arrest of George Floyd. Darnella Frazier / Facebook/Darnella Frazier / AFP
These images taken on May 25, 2020, from a video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during the arrest of George Floyd. Darnella Frazier / Facebook/Darnella Frazier / AFP

 

Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison while the lesser charge of third-degree murder carries 25 years.

The jury selection process is expected to take about three weeks with opening arguments in the trial expected to begin around March 29.

Chauvin was dismissed from the police force after he was captured on video by a bystander with his knee on the neck of a pleading, gasping Floyd for nearly nine minutes.

Chauvin, who has been free on bail, appeared in court on Tuesday wearing a grey suit and a black face mask at a desk surrounded by plexiglass as a Covid-19 precaution.

He occasionally jotted down notes on a yellow legal pad.

Racial wounds

Floyd’s death laid bare racial wounds in the United States and sparked months of sometimes violent protests against racism and police brutality, both in the US and abroad.

Lawyers for both sides face the difficult task of finding jurors who have not already made up their minds about the widely publicized case.

Three other police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest — Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — face lesser charges and will be tried separately.

All four officers were fired by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Floyd’s arrest was prompted by accusations that he had tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill in a nearby store.

Chauvin’s case is being watched as a potential marker of change in a country that recently elected its first Black vice president but has seen police officers historically escape punishment for abusive acts.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing rules mean seating will be limited at the trial, with the Floyd and Chauvin families given only one seat a day.

Despite intense global interest, only two reporters will be allowed in. The trial is being livestreamed.

Lawyers for Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the force, have argued that he was following police procedure and claimed the 46-year-old Floyd died of an overdose of the drug fentanyl.

“Mr. Chauvin acted according to MPD policy, his training and within his duties,” according to his lawyer, Eric Nelson. “He did exactly as he was trained to do.”

An autopsy did find traces of fentanyl in Floyd’s system but said the cause of death was “neck compression.”

A verdict is not expected until late April.

Black Woman’s Arrest Draws New Scrutiny To Police In A NY City

Rochester police pepper spray woman with child.

 

 

Police in the New York city of Rochester are again under scrutiny after body-cam video shows them forcing a woman, holding her three-year-old daughter, to the ground and pepper-spraying her.

Rochester police had come under fire in recent months over two earlier episodes that raised questions about their use of force.

Police video of the latest incident, which took place February 22 and was released Friday, shows an officer stopping a woman on the snow-covered shoulder of a road, telling her a nearby business had accused her of stealing.

The woman, carrying her tiny daughter in one arm, insists that she stole nothing and partially empties her purse to show the officer.

But when the officer refuses to let her leave, the woman suddenly turns and runs, her child still in her arms. Several officers give chase, catch up with her and force her to the ground.

When the woman struggles back to her feet and grabs for her screaming daughter, police use pepper spray to subdue her and force her back to the ground.

“Stop. Oh my God, what is wrong with her?” one officer is heard saying of the mother.

 

 

The child was not pepper-sprayed directly, according to the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, but officials who saw the footage said she could have been exposed.

The city’s Police Accountability Board, made up entirely of civilians, said it was “disturbed” by the video, which it released.

Board chair Shani Wilson told reporters that there were “troubling parallels” to an incident in late January in which a nine-year-old girl was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed.

“Both involved Black people obviously in crisis, both involved officers using pepper spray on or around a Black child,” Wilson said Friday.

She said the Rochester Police Department “needs to fundamentally change its organizational culture.”

And City Council president Loretta Scott said that “the amount of force used, coupled with the emotional damage suffered by this child, was disproportionate to the alleged crime,” according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

The woman was ultimately charged with trespassing and the arresting officer was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, the newspaper said.

In September, Rochester police came under attack after video showed the arrest of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man.

Prude was walking naked, high on drugs, when police put a hood over his head to prevent him spitting, then held him face-down on the pavement until he stopped breathing. He died a week later.

A medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide, but a grand jury declined to indict any of the officers involved.

The incident recalled the death in May of George Floyd, the Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

Floyd’s death, and other police-involved deaths of Black people, sparked protests across the US and around the world.

#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards N10m Each To Two Victims Of Police Brutality

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality especially involving officers of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has begun awarding compensations to petitioners.

In a petition involving Mrs. Kudirat Adebayo Abayomi, who was killed by a police stray bullet in April 2017, the panel on Friday, recommended the prosecution of the erring police officers.

They also awarded the sum of N10 million as compensation to the family of the deceased, scholarship for the children, and a letter of apology to the family of the deceased from the police.

The second petitioner, Hannah Olugbode, is a 35-year-old hairdresser, who has been on crutches after her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by some SARS officers around the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos.

 

 

N10 million was also awarded to her for the stress and anxiety she suffered, and to help her undergo treatment.

Although several cases have been brought before the panel, this is the first major move being made to compensate any victim since the panel was set up last year.

 

 

#OccupyLekkiTollGate

Two weeks ago, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, gave a ruling allowing the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Ltd to repossess the toll gate – a decision that has been met with diverse views from Nigerians, many of whom are of the opinion that the toll gate should remain closed in honour of those who lost their lives during last year’s #EndSARS protests.

The toll gate had been one of the major converging points for the protesters in Lagos last year and was also the location for the infamous #LekkiShootings, masterminded by security operatives particularly men of the Nigerian Army.

Meanwhile, one of the prominent youths in the fight against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country, Rinu Oduala, had last week announced her decision to step down from the Judicial Panel.

“I will be stepping down from the Lagos Judicial Panel as it is now obvious that the government is only out to use us for performative actions,” she said in a series of tweets on Friday.

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Rinu and Majekodunmi Temitope had been sworn into the panel on October 27, 2020, to represent the youths in the wake of the nationwide #EndSARS protests.

While thanking the government for the invitation and some of the successes recorded from the panel, she, however, stated that she would not be part of a cover-up.

“What I will not do is be part of a cover-up. I am proud that I took the invitation because some of the successes the panel has recorded so far have been incredibly powerful for the people,” Rinu said.

Her decision followed the decision of the Judicial panel to return control of the Lekki toll gate plaza to the LCC.

Fresh demonstrations with the hashtag, #OccupyLekkiTollGate, emerged last Saturday in protest of the decision.

Police Tighten Security At Lekki Toll Gate Ahead Of Planned Protests

 

Less than 24 hours to the planned protest at the Lekki Toll Gate by some aggrieved youths, police authorities in the state have launched a show of force exercise to express its disapproval of the protest.

Policemen from the Rapid Response team staged a walk round the toll gate on Friday as they prepare to take positions in the area and other parts of the state on Saturday.

This is also coming less than 24 hours after the Federal and State governments warned youths not to embark on the protest, as they raised concerns that it may be hijacked by hoodlums and lead to lawlessness.

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The planned protest is in reaction to the decision of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to return control of the Lekki Toll Gate plaza to its owners, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

The toll gate had been one of the major converging points for the protesters in Lagos last year and was also the location for the infamous #LekkiShootings, masterminded by security operatives particularly men of the Nigerian Army.

During the proceedings last Saturday the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, gave a ruling allowing the LCC to repossess the toll gate –

But many Nigerians believe that the toll gate should remain closed in honour of those who lost their lives to the incident, hence sparking the new movement, #OccupyLekki.

Meanwhile, a counter-group promoting the hashtag #DefendLagos also scheduled its protest at the same venue.

Earlier today, one of the youths who has been at the forefront of the movement, Rinu Oduala, announced her decision to step down from the judicial panel.

She had been sworn into the panel on October 27, 2020, as youth representatives.

While thanking the government for the invitation and some of the successes recorded from the panel, she, however, stated that she would not be part of a cover-up.

“I will be stepping down from the Lagos Judicial Panel as it is now obvious that the government is only out to use us for performative actions,” Rinu said in series of tweets.

“What I will not do is be part of a cover-up. I am proud that I took the invitation because some of the successes the panel has recorded so far have been incredibly powerful for the people”.

Orlu Crisis: Police CP Condemns Officers’ Inhumane Treatment Of Five Persons In Viral Video

Flood Sweeps 15 Oil-Producing Communities In Imo

 

The Commissioner of Police in Imo State Nasiru Mohammed has condemned the inhumane treatment and assault on some yet to be identified persons at Banana Junction, Orlu, by some officers of the Command, as seen in a viral video.

The police boss has also ordered the arrest of the officers involved in the incident.

This was disclosed on Thursday in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer for the Commissioner Of Police, Ikeokwu Orlando.

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Orlando said in the viral video, “the officers were seen lying five persons down on the floor, and flogging them in the process, which is unethical, unprofessional and unacceptable.”

He said the officers have been identified, arrested and disciplinary actions have commenced against them.

The Imo State Government had earlier on Tuesday declared a curfew in Orlu and six other LGAs around the town after clashes erupted between the army and a local militia, killing at least one person, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.

The region has long been a hotbed for separatist groups, and tensions between the federal security forces and the indigenous Igbo resident.

Videos and pictures on social media showed soldiers shooting in the streets of Orlu, but the images could not be immediately verified independently.

#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Continues Hearings With 10 Petitions

File photo of Lagos State Judicial Panel

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters resumed its sitting today with 10 petitions listed for hearing today.

The first petition of Tomori Gbolagbade against the Nigeria Police was adjourned to February 6 at the instance of the police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen, who asked the panel to grant one more adjournment as the police was still experiencing difficulties with tracing the necessary files relevant for the case.

In the second petition of Sulaimon Raheem vs FSARS, the petitioner who walks with the aid of frames continued his testimony from where he stopped at a previous sitting.

He had testified at that sitting that he was shot by one corporal Sunday David sometime in 2016.

Today, he was asked to identify pictures of him taken while he was on the hospital bed and same was admitted as exhibits.

The panel also admitted in evidence an online publication on the police corporal, Sunday David, who was allegedly killed by a mob in the Agege area while trying to save the life of an internet fraudster.

The petitioner further testified saying: “when the corporal shot me, the matter was reported to the police but no one reached out to give me any form of assistance”.

“The doctor said if I want to travel out of the country to get proper treatment so I can walk, I need at least N10million. I’m begging this panel to please assist me. There’s no support from government or the family of the police who shot me”.

Under cross-examination from police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen, the petitioner admitted that he did not personally report the shooting at the police station as he was unconscious immediately after.

He, however, said he was informed that his people reported the matter at Elere Police Station, Orile Agege on the same day, January 10, 2016, before he was taken to the police station.

When asked for a copy of the police report or any other document to support this claim, he said it was missing along with some other receipts as he had been carried about from one hospital to another in search of healing.

As proof of his petition, the petitioner’s lawyer, Sylvester Agih, called a second witness, Raheem Abdulrasaq, who identified himself as an elder brother to the petitioner.

In his testimony, he said, “On 10th January, 2016, I received a call that my brother had been shot by a policeman at Agege area. I asked for his whereabouts and was told he was taken to the General Hospital at Agege. He was given first aid treatment at the Emergency Ward and then referred to Ikeja General Hospital. After treatment there, they referred us to LUTH. He was admitted in the emergency ward and they asked us to do full MRI scan at Mecure in Lekki.

“We took him there in an ambulance and took the results back to LUTH. The results showed his spinal cord was injured and he needed surgery. He was admitted and after treatment for some weeks they discovered that the bullet was no longer in his body as it had penetrated. After months, he was discharged and asked to go for intensive physiotherapist care.

“He couldn’t move his hands or legs. it was like he was paralyzed and we went to the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta”.

The panel then admitted Mecure MRI Scan & medical bills as exhibits as well a LUTH report by the Chief Radiographer.

“No compensation has been received. We are still indebted to friends and families who have been offering help”, the witness said.

The panel adjourned further proceedings in the petition till February 16.

In the third petition of Ndukwe Ekekwe vs FSARS, the panel received a letter from the counsel to the petitioner stating his inability to attend sitting because he lost his father and has had to travel for his burial.

The panel then adjourned till February 26 at the petitioners’ instance.

In the 4th petition of Olajide Fowotade, police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen said, “we made candid efforts to reach Dolapo Badmus (who had been summoned by the panel at its last sitting to say what she knows about the case) in Abuja, and we got no response. We went back to the divisions where the petitioner alleged that the incident took place and the officers who are conversant with the issues were said to be on their way, so we asked for a stand down or a short adjournment”.

Panel granted the request and ordered a short stand down.

The next petition was that of Albarka Youth Foodstuff Sellers Association vs Nigerian Police, the panel said it received a letter asking that the petition be withdrawn.

The panel chairman ruled, stating that “upon a letter for a withdrawal of this matter, the withdrawal not being objected to, the matter is accordingly struck out”.

In the 6th petition of Oladoyin Ademola, the petitioner is represented by Sylvester Agi who expressed his readiness to go on.

But the police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen made an objection, stating that “we have an issue, this petition mentions no police officer, no division. It is the duty of the petitioner to help this panel. Police has no less than 300,000 officers across the country and we cant embark on a wild goose chase looking for who is involved.

The petitioner counsel, Sylvester Agi in his response said, “we ask the panel to discountenance the objections because the petition clearly states Dopemu Police Station as well as the date on which the incident happened. We submit that the DPO of the station can identify the officers on duty on the said day and we ask that the petition be allowed on its merits.

The Panel Chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi said she finds the objection strange. She reminded parties that the panel is a fact-finding body set up to deal with police brutality of citizenry and to recommend restitution. For this reason, the fact that there are no named officers is irrelevant.

She declared the objection baseless and not brought in good faith. It lacks merit and is dismissed. The petition will be heard by the panel.

Thereafter, the panel took a short recess to reconvene shortly after.

#ENDSARS Shooting: Nigerian Army Fails To Appear Before Lagos Panel

(FILE) Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on November 28, 2020.

 

The Nigerian Army has again failed to appear before the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters.

It’s the third time they’ve failed to honour the summons of the panel for officers involved in the shooting to explain what happened at the Lekki toll gate on the 20th of October 2020.

At today’s proceedings, Counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya confirmed that summons were sent to three army officers.

“Summons was sent to Colonel Bello. The second summons was served on Major General Godwin Umelo, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Lagos and Ogun State of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island.
The third summon was issued and served on Brigadier General Francis Ogbaje Omata of the Nigerian Army, Obalende Barracks”.

The counsel then tendered the summons for the panel to view.

Counsel to the #ENDSARS protesters, Adesina Ogunlana has asked the panel to summon the counsel on record for the Nigerian Army, Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN) to respond to the summons and the failure of the army officers to appear.

But the counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya told the panel that Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN) has said that he is no longer representing the Nigerian Army and any effort to get him to appear before the panel may not have legal backing.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi has ordered that a letter should be issued to the counsel on record for the army, Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN) to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date to explain why he would not conclude the case of the Nigerian Army.

“I must reiterate and state that this is a fact-finding panel and not the regular courts where counsel can decide the choice of witnesses they want to present in their case. The summons to those military officers had become necessary for other parties to hear their evidence and cross-examine them if necessary. It behoves on Mr Kehinde to assist the panel to achieve this task in the course of the investigation of the Lekki incident. He is needed to conclude this part of his brief. For the other victim-related petitions which are 14 against the Army, I implore the military authority to appear and present their defence so that no issue of denial of fair hearing will arise when the panel’s report is submitted to government”.

All matters involving the Nigerian Army were then adjourned till the 30th Jan, 2021.

Police Brutality: Osun Panel Summons Director Of Public Prosecution

A map of Osun state, a region in South-west Nigeria.

 

The Osun State Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality and extrajudicial killings has ordered the Director of Public Prosecution in the State Ministry of Justice to appear before it on issues surrounding the killing of two children in 2015 by a police officer.

Chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Akin Oladimeji gave the ruling in Osogbo, the state capital on Thursday.

The order was given after one of the petitioners, Oluwatoyin Adetona, who is the mother of the two children, narrated how the children died as a result of the recklessness of a police officer.

According to her, the children were in the house when the drunk police officer reportedly ran a vehicle into their house and killed them.

Though the officer was said to have been dismissed, he was not prosecuted and there was no compensation to the mother.

With tears in her eyes, Adetona accused the state Ministry of Justice of negligence in the prosecution of the officer.

Another petitioner, Amos Adeyemi, who was also under cross-examination before the panel narrated how he was shot in the mouth by a Police officer at a checkpoint in Okuku in 2003 while travelling to Offa, Kwara State.

Adeyemi alleged that the police officer and others at the scene were neither prosecuted nor dismissed.

He demanded a compensation of ₦20million.

The driver of the commercial bus was also cross-examined.

#EndSARS: Petitioner Narrates How Officers Allegedly Extorted ₦ 3.2m From Him

Lagos State Judicial Panel (File Photo)

 

A petitioner, Nnamdi Eze, has narrated how officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly extorted ₦3.2 million from him.

He disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking before members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry, set up to investigate issues of police brutality.

Led by his counsel, Kingsley Nwachukwu, Eze said, “at about 1:20 – 1:30 am, there was a knock on my door and I heard shouting, open your door, you are surrounded. When I opened the door, torchlight was flashed in my face and I couldn’t see. I received three slaps and they immediately started asking where is the gun?”

He said even though he couldn’t see the faces clearly, he realised that some of the intruders were uniformed policemen while some others wore mufti.

“They asked for my International passport and I gave them. I was to travel the next morning to Imo state and I usually travel with cash. I had withdrawn N700,000 for my trip to the village. They picked up the money, handcuffed me and drove me out until we got to the FSARS Adeniji-Adele police station. They took me into a cell and the next morning they told me to call my people” he said.

But according to him, his family members refused to show up for fear of being detained. He eventually called a friend.

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“I called a friend, who also said he could not come alone but he would go to Zone 2 & come with an officer. He came the next day, 12th September and they told him and the officer that I was an armed robber, when he asked for proof, they later said I’m a drug lord, then they later said I’m a yahoo boy (fraudster). They told the officer to go, that they will resolve with me. After he left, they asked me for N2.5 million”.

“They took me to a first bank, in Maryland to make the withdrawal. The cashier called the bank manager who took me into his office and asked if I was under threat. I denied but he wasn’t convinced and he later said there was no such money in the bank.

“They took me to another First bank in Igando and gave me a Gtb account to transfer ₦2million.

“They then asked me to join the queue to withdraw another 500,000 so in total, they took N3.2m from me. They took me back to Adeniji Adele and released me around 6:00 pm. The #ENDSARS protest gave me an opportunity to talk about my experience.

“The FSARS destroyed my business and brought me down. I have come to the panel knowing that justice will be served”.

Under Cross-Examination from police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor, the witness admitted that he did not report the incident to the authorities neither did he file any petition.

When asked if he found out how the FSARs came to pick on him, Eze said, “one of them said, they have informants at the bank”.

According to him, after the incident, he started to withdraw ₦500 thousand from the bank every day, to dissipate all the funds in the account which he said was about ₦7million

The cross-examination also revealed that the account to which the petitioner was asked to transfer ₦2million belonged to one Mr. Yusuf.

The petitioner denied knowing him or doing any business with him.

The police counsel, thereafter, asked the panel to raise a petition against the account so that Mr. Yusuf and/or the bank manager can be summoned as a witness to also testify before the panel.

The case which was one of eight, was then adjourned to February.

#EndSARS: Edo Petitioner Demands Compensation Of N50m Over Police Brutality

 

A petitioner, Mr Anthony Ogbevon has sought a compensation of N50 million and the release of his bus which according to him, was confiscated after being paraded for kidnapping and robbery even before investigation.

Mr Ogbevon was speaking on Friday before the Edo State Judicial Panel Of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses, narrated how he was brutalised by the Nigeria Police following his refusal to help convey some alleged kidnappers with his bus to the state CID headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Thereafter, he was accused of being a kidnapper and then detained.

According to him, after his arrest in June, 2020, his vehicle which was confiscated at the time is still yet to be released to him.

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The matter which had been heard earlier at the high court, exonerated him of all allegations put before him which led to his release. But beyond that, Ogbevon sought a compensation of N50 million for the unlawful arrest, detention and brutality he allegedly suffered.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe rtd., therefore, appointed some members of the panel for a locus visitation of the matter and adjourned till January 19, 2021 for review.

Some members of the panel had earlier visited the locus of some other matters which had been heard in the past few days.

Lagos Judicial Panel Adjourns Two Cases Till January

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution, set up to investigate cases of police brutality and other related matters, has adjourned two cases till January 5 and 8, 2021, after some of those expected to appear before the panel failed to show up.

The panel commenced sitting at 11:00 am with only five out of the nine members present.

In the first case listed, the panel was to hear from the Nigerian Army.

On November 30, a Major-General Godwin Omelo was reportedly served a summon to appear before the panel today. But he was absent.

The panel was told that another Gen. Bello couldn’t be served with papers to appear as the service was refused.

The Counsel to the Panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya, has applied that service should be done through the Army’s counsel, Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN).

The Counsel to the Lagos State Government, Olukayode Enitan (SAN) in his submission said the non-appearance of the military may not be unconnected with recent reports on the outbreak of COVID-19 among military high command, which led to the death of a General.

In her ruling, the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi ordered that Major General Bello be served through the Army’s counsel while fresh summons be issued to Major General Omelo to appear on the next adjourned date of Jan 8, 2021.

In the second petition involving Adebayo Abayomi, the police counsel, Emmanuel Eze told the panel that the police is still trying to effect the arrest of the officer who allegedly shot Abayomi’s mother.

At the last sitting of the panel on this case, Adebayo had narrated how his mother was shot by men of the SARS sometime in 2017.

He is seeking compensation and justice for his family.

The police counsel asked for a short adjournment to enable it call one DSP Yusuf as a witness.

The panel rises after adjourning the case to Jan 5, 2021.