The Kwara State Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutalities has announced the commencement of its public hearing from Monday, 16th November, 2020.
The public hearings have been scheduled to hold from 10am-4pm daily at Court 2, Sharia Court of Appeal, Ilorin, Kwara State.
“The General Public is hereby informed that those to appear include all those who have earlier submitted memoranda and those willing to give oral complaints on Police brutality, human rights abuses and extra Judicial killings.
“Journalists willing to cover to the proceedings must be duly accredited and all members of the public must abide by COVID-19 Protocol,” a statement signed by its Chairman, Hon. Justice I.B Garba (RTD) said.
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had inaugurated the panel of inquiry to hear out the grievances of citizens who have been victims of alleged police brutality in the state as part of the national efforts to calm frayed nerves, compensate victims, and reform the policing system.
The members inaugurated are retired Justice Tunde Garba (chairman); retired AIG Issa Ojibara; Ronke Adeyemi; Hajia Fati Audu; Kaothar Adeyi; Mrs Jumoke Olaoye; Idris Gana; Nafisat Musa Buge; and Hassan Yusuf Adio.
The Governor said at the event that the #EndSARS protest represents a clear call from the citizens for a better deal, including a better policing system, adding that the setting up of the panel was in tune with the recommendations of the National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“The panel is a deliberate effort to hear out our people who are aggrieved in one way or the other by our policing system. This is particularly true for our young people who started the popular #EndSARS protest across the country, including Kwara State. This effort is expected to birth a more people-friendly policing system which respects the rights of every citizen and abhors all forms of abuses,” he added.
He said the panel has a maximum of 90 days to carry out its assignment, with its terms of reference being to “receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights abuses, violations and or extra judicial killings; evaluate evidences presented/surrounding circumstances and draw conclusions on the validity of the complaints; and recommend compensations, prosecution, and other remedial measures where appropriate.”
He also urged citizens, including the EndSARS protesters, to embrace the windows of the panel to air their grievances and have same properly addressed by the government.