Governor Makinde has on Wednesday disclosed scholarship award for victim of Police brutality.
9Janewshub.com.ng reports that
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde as announced scholarship award to a 23 year old Samuel Ogundeji , a blind student of Federal College Of Education (Special ) , Oyo, brutalized and slapped several times by men of the proscribed Special Anti -Robbery Squad (SARS) after being falsely accused of stealing a bankers wallet at an hotel in Saki which resulted in his blindness.
Makinde made the disclosure shortly after receiving the Judicial Panel Report of Inquiry set up following the End-Sars protest of 0ctober , 2020 to look into petitions submitted by alleged victims of police brutality, victimisation and etra-judicial killings
The chairman of the judicial panel, Hon. Justice Badejoko Adeniji in her speech maintained that the panel members sought and got admission for the said victim to study political science and paid his first semester fees, accommodation, feeding and clothing among others
The governor promised that the brutalized boy will be given stipend through out the duration of his study in addition to the scholarship from the state government .
He also noted that men of the Nigerian police force who lost their lives during the recent End-Sars protest will be taking care of even if there are no clear recommendations on it by the panel.
Governor Makinde subsequently requested the state commissioner of police , CP Ngozi Onadeko to compile list of policemen in the state that were victims of the incident.
According to him, policemen are members of the society and their lives should not be seen as amounting to nothing whether they are the cause of the problem or not.
He appreciated the panel for a job well done assuring that the report will not be swept under the carpet as action will taken toward the implementation of the report
Earlier in her speech, Chairman of the Judicial Panel of inquiry, Hon. Justice Badejoko Adeniji (retd), declared that 151 petitions were received while 121 of the petitions were heard you finalitype and were adjourned sine die for award and compensation.
According to her, 30 petitions were struck out due to lack of deligent prosecution by the petitioners, withdrawal of petitions amicably settled and those that are subject to litigation status pending in various courts in the land.
She said the Panel recommended the award of compensations into five categories namely, death, permanent physical injuries, loss of valuable items, victims undergoing medical or surgical treatment and unlawful detention and other human rights violations
The report according to her, is categorized into two volumes, 1and 1A .while volume 1 contains petitions by victims resident in the state brutalized, victimized and tortured by men of the state security network, Amotekun, volume 1A contains petitions also from residents who suffered same fate in the hands of men the disbanded Special Anti -Robbery Squad ( SARS), state the police command and the Intelligence Response Team of the office of the Inspector General of Police who arrest and whisked away alleged victims to Abuja.
Recall that the panel which commenced it’s public sitting on January 26, 2021 was inaugurated on November 10, 2020 with six months to conclude it’s assignment and submit it’s report but was extended as a result of the nature, extent and enormity of the assignment. It however, concluded it’s sitting on July 13, 2021.