Osagie Otabor, Akure
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality recently inaugurated by the Ondo State Government has called on the public to begin submission of written Memoranda/Petitions.
Secretary of the Panel, Mr. Lanre Amuda, in a statement said members of the public who have suffered police brutality in form of extortion, illegal arrest, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killing, assault, and other related infringement of their fundamental human rights were qualified to submit a memorandum.
The statement said all memoranda/petitions to the Panel must be submitted on or before the close of work on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun Corps), Behind Reuben Fasoranti Park, Along Governor’s Office, Alagbaka Akure.
Meanwhile, an Akure based lawyer, Tope Temokun, who faulted the demand for Death Certificates of victims said most deaths that occurred from police brutality do not usually allow for the gathering of direct evidence.
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Temokun noted that the consequential effect of making photographs, death certificate and/or forensic evidence as requirements for the presentation of memorandum for compensation by the family or dependent(s) of the dead victim would only incite denial of access to justice for those with genuine cases who do or did not meet up with the requirement.
He noted that the essential liberal character of the panel would have been lost to undue legalism.
The Akure lawyer urged the panel to discontinue demand for Death Certificates with a view to widening the path of justice for the genuinely aggrieved.
He noted that interested parties who could not show proof of relationship to the victim, could, in the public interest, be allowed to sponsor and submit memorandum for the benefits of indigent members of the public.
Temokun also wondered if the panel could assume jurisdiction on cases that the courts have delivered ruling on.
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