#EndSARS: Ogun Judicial Panel chairman warns against petitioners’ intimidation

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The Chairman of the Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation, Justice Solomon Olugbemi (retd) has warned security operatives against intimidating, harassing or threatening any of the petitioners who have cases of brutality against them.

He gave this warning at the Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, venue of the sitting of the panel, disclosing that some petitioners had withdrawn their petitions earlier submitted before it, due to intimidation or threats.

Justice Olugbemi who,however,did not give the number of those who had withdrawn their petitions, warned that any security personnel “who is found to be intimidating any petitioner would be appropriately prosecuted.”

He described such action as an offence under the law.

Also a member of the Panel, Peter Ogunyanwo, who is a retired Deputy Inspector of Police, called on the government and other stakeholders in charge of Police operations to include courses on human rights into Police training curriculum to forestall human right abuses.

He also advocated regular workshops, and other development courses to build a responsible security outfit.

Ogunyanwo made the call on Monday after questioning Inspector Falolu Sadiku who was alleged to have abused the human rights of one Mr. Adeniyi Otusanya as well as Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and his team who raided and detained late Seyi Akinade, the Forex Trader and his friends unlawfully.

The illegal detention allegedly led to Akinade’s death having lost N7.7m in forex trading, because his telephone was seized after he had opened for trading.

The retired police officer noted that so many of the police officers find themselves in the mess of abusing citizens rights because majority of them never received any training on such as affirmed by Inspector Falolu Sadiku who revealed that he never received any training nor took any course on human rights throughout his 28 years of enlistment into the force.

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