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Oyo State ENDSARS panel concludes public sitting

... begins deliberations on final report . ...appreciates govt, NBA, police, others

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The Oyo #ENDSARS panel has finished hearings on 163 petitions… The Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Other Related Matters, also known as # EndSARS, concluded its public sittings on 163 cases brought before it on Tuesday, applauding the government, NBA, police, and others.

After 63 sittings spanning six months, the panel announced the conclusion of public hearings on all matters after Tuesday’s sitting.

The panel said it will begin the process of reviewing each petition through technical meetings and deliberations, which will lead to a final report that will be submitted to the state government for implementation, after considering a total of 163 petitions submitted by members of the public.

Justice Bolajoko Adeniji, the Panel’s Chairman, who declared the Panel’s public sittings to be over at its last meeting held at the House of Chiefs, House of Assembly Complex, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said the Panel’s report would be

Justice Adeniji, a former Chief Judge of Oyo State, praised the state’s governor for appointing men and women with integrity, probity, and honesty to the panel.

She stated, “It should be remembered that nationwide protests against police brutality dubbed # EndSARS took place sometime in October 2020.” As a result of the foregoing, the federal government directed that all state governments establish a judicial panel to investigate petitions filed by alleged victims of police brutality, victimization, and unlawful killings in their respective states. “

The panel was established on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 to receive and investigate police brutality in the most recent extrajudicial killings; to evaluate evidence presented or/and other surrounding circumstances and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and, where appropriate, to recommend compensation and other remedial measures.

The panel’s first meeting was held on Wednesday, November 22, 2020, at the Ministry of Justice’s conference room, and the panel’s first sitting was held on January 26, 2021, at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, after receiving 163 petitions. According to Justice Adeniji, the petitions have been completed as of today, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to the glory of God.

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