By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
#EndSARS Protesters have called for the immediate review of the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the activities of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS).
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo on Monday, the protesters through, its spokesperson, Olawale Bakare and its mobilisation secretary, Olushayo Ogunleye, accused the state government of filling the panel with people of questionable characters.
The state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola had inaugurated a 12-man panel of inquiry to look into the alleged brutality of police against the people of the state.
The protesters stressed that the panel should be fairly and justly constituted saying that those who lack moral justification to represent youths in the panel should be removed.
“We hereby call for the immediate and unconditional review of this Judicial Panel of Inquiry, we request that no panelist must have controversial antecedents and track records of service must be acceptable to the protesters. We emphatically demand that the protesters should also be adequately and satisfactorily represented in the Judicial Panel of Inquiry as a way to encourage transparency.whatsoever with the state government are of questionable characters.
“No kangaroo representation of the protesters is allowed, impostors posing to be the #EndSars protesters and the representative of the National Youths Council of CAC for violating the stipulated age requirement of The National Youth Policy.
“We also demand that every sitting of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry which must comprise of persons of integrity and moral excellence, must be aired and televised live for all the people of Osun and Nigeria at large to follow. We are also deeply concerned and condemn in absolute term the meeting the already constituted Judicial Panel of Inquiry held which was not made public but shrouded in secrecy, the true representative of the people should carry the people along in every action. The public should be in the know that whatever is done in secrecy has ulterior motives. These are reasons that further buttress a need for an immediate and unconditional review of the Panel,” they stated.
The protesters also warned the state Government against criminalising their peaceful protests and contracting hoodlums to attack and brutally disperse them.
The Osun #EndSARS movement also called for the immediate sack of the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Yemi Lawal over his alleged role in the clampdown against youths seeking good governance.