EKITI, Nigeria – The State Judicial Panel on Human Rights Violations by Police Officers (SARS) and other persons have said that it will take a critical look into all petitions before concluding on its recommendations.
The Chairman of the Panel, Justice Cornelius Akintayo who affirmed that all parties involved will be invited and cross-examined, assured that the Panel will not sacrifice justice at the altar of expediency.
Her comments followed complaints by Mrs Ogunleye Ajayi who wrote a petition to the panel over the mysterious death of her husband, claiming that up till date she does not know the cause of her husband’s death.
Mrs. Ajayi, a petty trader and a mother of four, told the panel of the mysterious death of her late husband, Sgt. Musiliu Ajayi who served at the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).
Under cross-examination, Mrs Ajayi said her husband had left home on January 2nd 2019 by 6. 30am but never returned home alive.
She claimed to have received an emergency call from the Police Hospital in Ado Ekiti by 8:30 am only to get there and see that her husband was dead.
She explained further that there were strange bruises on the body of her dead husband and the motorcycle he rode on was parked at the police station.
She, however, said that no assistance has come from any person, group of persons or any organization to her on the care of her children.
Mrs Ajayi solicited for government assistance on the care, needs and education of the children which she said is now very difficult as her husband had been the only breadwinner of the family.
The counsel to Mrs Ajayi, Samson Ojo Osobu told the panel that three witnesses will testify to the case.
The panel requested for the investigation report from the Police on the matter and then adjourned the case for continuation on 24th, November 2020.
The case of Ajidara Irewole and the Nigerian Army was brought up for mention, the panel said that they will make money available to serve as appearance summons on the Nigerian Army at the Military Formation, Akure to ensure that all parties to the case are carried along.
The case of Adewole Temitope and Sunday Oladele of the Nigeria Police was struck out based on the withdrawal application filled by Adewole Temitope (petitioner) and his counsel, that the case was not a violation of human rights but of a contractual agreement which did not fall within the purview of the panel.
The panel heard many other cases from complainants but adjourned its sitting to next Tuesday, 17th November 2020 to hear more cases.