Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has urged the newly sworn-in Judicial Panel on Investigation for Human Rights Abuses in the state to make fairness and firmness their watchword, adding that they should stay clear of activities that could impact negatively on their duty.
Abiodun made this known at the inauguration of an eight-man Judicial Panel of Investigation at the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He called on stakeholders in the security, peace and conflict resolution process, the mass media and the people of the State to give the Panel all the support they would need to succeed in their assignment.
Abiodun who disclosed that the panel has a six-month duration to investigate all cases of police brutality said it would begin to take complaints in phases so that implementation could begin in earnest.
The Governor described hosting of the National Economic Council meeting by the federal government as a demonstration of the President Buhari led government to find a lasting solution to the issues raised by the protesters.
“It is imperative that you make fairness, firmness, dedication and objectivity your watchword, you must shun all acts which could impact negatively on your duty, I enjoin all stakeholders in the security, peace and conflict resolution process, the mass media and the people of our dear state to give this Judicial Panel of Investigation all the necessary support needed for them to succeed.
” Though this panel has 6 months to conclude this assignment, we will not wait for 6 months before we begin to implement, they will be taking the reports in phases so we can take immediate action,” he said.
According to the Governor, the reference for the Judicial Panel of Investigation includes, to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human right violation or related extrajudicial killings in the State, evaluate the evidence presented or other surrounding circumstances and draw a conclusion as to the validity of the complaints and recommend compensation and other remedial measures more appropriate so that cheques can be issued, determine the officers responsible in the abuse of victims and recommend their prosecution, make recommendations to the Ogun State government on how to ensure that security agencies no longer abuse the rights of our citizens.
He appealed to the protesters to begin to sheath their swords, adding that the protesting youths have spoken loudly and their voices heard globally.
Abiodun who also added that his administration has put in place a conducive atmosphere for the panel to meet and receive memorandum from the public noted that the panel can be reached at the Conference room of the New Judiciary Complex, Kobape, Abeokuta, through an email; email@example.com or through the following numbers; 07080601223, 07080601224 and 07080601225.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the State’s Judicial Panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi(RTD) appreciated the task to lead the panel, assuring that they would do justice to all the cases brought before them.
Aside the Judicial Panel of Investigation on Human Rights Abuses in the state, a Special Security and Human Rights Committee was also set up under the chairmanship of the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, while the Human Rights Complaint Office was also set up with a supervisory body and two other members.