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The judicial panel of inquiry and restitution set up by the Lagos State government to look into brutality and high handedness by the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has commenced sitting.
The panel began with the swearing in of Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi as representatives of youths.
Lucas Koyejo was also sworn-in as a member of the panel representing the Nigeria Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to make it a nine-man panel.
Okoli Aguwu was the first petitioner called by the panel.
Aguwu explained that he ‘spent 47 days in SARS detention, accused of theft by his boss. When his mother and wife came for him, they were both beaten up in his presence’. He added that SARS allegedly took over his home, sold his car and properties.
Aguwu demands compensation from the Nigeria Police and wants his stolen properties returned.
The Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, took his leave at 1:23 pm. Before taking his leave, he assured that the panel will be independent of the executive.
Another petitioner, Mr. Ndukwe was called, assisted by his mother as he is wheelchair-bound.
However, the Chairman of the panel adjourned the case till Friday, October 30.
Meanwhile, the panel ended with only one case heard out of the four cases called. The others adjourned for different reasons. The panel will resume sitting on the 30th of October
The judicial panel which is chaired by Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi had earlier on Monday said it has received over 10 petitions.