The 12-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry Oyo State will begin sittings that will look into petitions of police brutality and victimisation in the state with a public hearing scheduled for next week Tuesday.
Oyo governor, Seyi Makinde, set up the panel to look into police brutality complaints, which led to social unrest nationwide last year. After the conclusion of the preliminary analysis of complaints/petitions submitted by victims of police brutality/victimisation, the panel will begin the public hearing at the House of Chiefs, Oyo State House of Assembly Complex, Secretariat, Ibadan from 9.00 a.m. daily.
A public notice signed by the Secretary to the Panel, H.T. Salami, says all petitioners and respondents had been served with hearing notices. They are therefore expected to appear before the Panel on the dates contained in their respective hearing notices.
In the light of the fight against COVID-19, the panel warned members of the public coming to the hearing to adhere strictly to protocols and guidelines. They also asked members of the public who might have enquiries to direct them to The Secretary of the Panel through Phone Number 07014868686 or via email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makinde had inaugurated the Panel on Friday, 10th November 2021 Their Terms of Reference include: to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings; to evaluate the evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; to recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.