Within six weeks of its sitting, the Ogun State Panel of Investigation says it has received 105 petitions on police brutality and had attended to 19 out of this number.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi (retd) disclosed this to journalists on Monday and added that “it will no longer receive any more petitions, as the window for submission has closed.”
Speaking on the deadline of petition submission, the Chairman said the initial deadline for submission was 18th November, 2020 before it was extended to the end of November to give room for more petitions.
The Chairman added that the panel would do all in its power to ensure “that nobody was witch-hunted, assuring that justice will be delivered based on evidences provided and adequate evaluation.”
On his part, Femi Aina, a counsel to one of the petitioners, Mrs Fatimah Elegbede who had alleged in her petition that some members of the disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad killed her husband unlawfully, “expressed optimism that justice was near with the calibre of the Panel members and the kind of questions they were asking during cross-examination.”
On her part, the petitioner, Mrs Elegbede called on the government to help her investigate the death of her husband and also support her financially so as to take care of her daughter adequately.