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As the Judicial Panel of Investigation has received not less than 40 petitions from the victims of police brutality, the Nigerian Bar Association pledges free services.
The panel was set up by Ogun State Government to probe police brutality and human rights violations .
The Chairman of the Panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi (rtd) while speaking at the inaugural sitting in Abeokuta ,said the panel was not set out to witch-hunt any security operative, but to ensure equity, fairness and justice to all parties involved.
Olugbemi who said the panel is open to receive more petitions, warned against threat and intimidation of the petitioners.
He said the panel has the powers to recommend anyone found culpable for trial.
He added that the panel will use its six months fact finding period to ensure justice is done to all victims and parties.
Olugbemi said “We will admit evidences that are relevant and at the end, we will make our recommendations. Nobody should have any fear at all.
“Let me warn that no petitioner or witness should be threatened because we have powers under commission of Enquiry Law of Ogun State to recommend anyone who does that to be charged to the court.
“So, nobody should be threatened and nobody should have the fears that anything would happen to him.
“Already, we have 40 petitions and we are expecting more.”
The president of the Nigerian Bar Association , Olumide Akpata who was represented by the Ota branch chairman of the association Joseph Oguniyi lauded the government over the constitution of the panel .
Akpata promised to fund any petitioner that has financial challenges to seek justice at the panel .
Also speaking , the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Akingbolahan Adeniran promised the government’s commitment to ensure all victims get justice.
According to Adeniran the governor is particularly interested in the activities of this panel.
” He is ready to support the panel towards completion of the exercise,” he said.
He also pledged a total support to the panel to ensure justice is upheld