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Makinde Receives EndSARS Panel Report, Gives Scholarship To Victim

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By Bode Akinbode , Ibadan

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has announced the award of scholarship to a 23-year-old  Samuel Ogundeji, a student of Federal College Of Education  (Special), Oyo,  brutalized by men of the proscribed Special  Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), after being falsely accused of stealing a banker’s wallet at an hotel in Saki which resulted in his blindness.

Makinde announced the gesture after receiving the Judicial Panel of Inquiry report set up following the End-Sars protest of October, 2020  to look into petitions submitted  by alleged victims of police brutality, victimisation and extra-judicial killings

The chairman of the panel, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, had in her speech, stated that the panel members sought and got admission for Ogundeji to study political science and paid his first semester fees, accommodation,  feeding and clothing among others

The governor promised that the brutalized boy will be given stipend throughout the duration of his study in addition to the scholarship from the state government.

He also noted that families of men of the Nigerian Police Force who lost their lives during the End-Sars protest will be taking care of even if there are no clear recommendations on it by the panel.

Makinde subsequently requested the State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko to compile lists of policemen in the state that were victims of the incident.

According to him, policemen are members of the society and their lives should not be seen as nothing whether they are the cause of the problem or not.

He appreciated the panel for a job well done assuring that the report will not be swept under the carpet as action will be taken toward the implementation of the report.

Justice Adeniji declared that 151 petitions were received, while 121 of the petitions were heard.

According to her, 30 petitions were struck out due to lack of deligent prosecution by the petitioners, withdrawal and those that were subject to litigation.

She said the panel recommended award of compensations in five  categories namely, death, permanent physical injuries, loss of valuable items, victims undergoing medical or surgical treatment and unlawful detention and other human rights violations

The report according to her, is categorised into two volumes,  1and 1A. While volume 1 contains petitions by victims resident in the state brutalized, victimised and tortured by men of the state security network, Amotekun, volume 1A contains petitions also from residents who suffered same fate in the hands of men of the disbanded SARS, the State Police Command and the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police who arrest and whisked away alleged victims to Abuja.

It would be recalled that the panel which commenced public sitting on January 26, 2021, was inaugurated on November 10, 2020 with six months to submit it’s report but was extended as a result of the nature, extent and enormity of the assignment.

It, however, concluded it’s sitting on July 13, 2021.

 

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