By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, has assured the #EndSARS protesters of the Assembly intervention on their demands from the government.
Some youth group, Face of #EndSARS movement had marched to the State Assembly calling for the disbandment of the State Panel of Inquiry against police brutality.
The group led by Emmanuel Adebisi him, said the panel lacked the will to ensure justice because during one of its sittings, the Police Officer in charge of legal matters, F. N. Osei stating in front of the panelists that the life of one Rasheed Ismaila, who was allegedly killed in an hotel at Iwo by an officer of the disbanded SARS, is not worth more than N1.3million paid the family by the police.
The #EndSARS protesters also wanted the panel of inquiry to be disbanded because non of its members was included alleging that only political Youths were included in the Federal Government #500,000 empowerment fund for Youths.
According to Adebisi, “One of the promises they made to us that led to the suspension of the protest, was to set up Judicial Panel of Enquiry but later they form their panel which I regard as “Political Panel of Enquiry”.
“We cannot sit down in a country where a police officer will say that life doesn’t worth more than N1.3million, he even said that some don’t even worth up N100,000. This was what F B Oseyi the OC Legal Osun State Police Command said during the sitting of panel of inquiry and none of the members of the panel said anything about it. When I stand to object it, they said I have passed my boundary. We want government to call the OC legal in public to explain what he meant,” he said.
The speaker while addressing the protesting youth who carried various placards said the House would meet with the concerned stakeholders on their demands and get back to them next week Monday.
He urged them to stop their protest in the interest of maintaining a peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in Osun while the house wade into the matter.