The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters on Tuesday struck out a petition out of the eight it conducted hearings into.
In the petition of Mr. Oliver Chukwuemeka vs Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS), the panel upon the receipt of correspondence from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) with regards to a subsisting legal suit involving the petitioner, found the petition as incompetent and consequently struck it out.
In another major petition involving Prince Adewale Adewuyi vs the Nigeria Police Force, the panel directed the parties to revisit the site of the land of the petitioner that was allegedly encroached upon in Badagry, Lagos State.
This order was sequel to an application moved by the petitioner and supported by the respondent and aligned with by the counsel to the AIG Cooperative of the Nigeria Police Force.
The petitioner, through his counsel J. O. Adeleke expressed his delight for the window of opportunity to seek justice through the panel and pleaded with it to allow both parties to explore an out of court settlement of the matter of which the panel had given the go ahead at its previous sitting when it directed both parties to seek an amicable resolution of the matter by visiting the land for a forensic audit.
The petitioner informed the panel that it was willing and ready to settle the matter out of court and the police counsel also aligned himself with the submission of his learned brother.
But the panel noted that it would be unable to delve into the meat of the petitioner’s case because his N870 million suit against the police is still pending despite the fact that it was adjourned sine die by the court.
The panel urged the petitioner to discontinue the case or else it won’t be able to adjudicate on the petition because doing so, would amount to judicial rascality.
The petitioner’s counsel promised to immediately approach the court for the discontinuation of the case, once the courts resume from its JUSUN induced strike in order not to jeopardize the out of court settlement process.
The panel also directed the Surveyor-General of Lagos State and or his representative to be present to do the needful when the parties revisit the land in question in the quest for an out of court settlement.