The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has received the report of the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation on Police Brutality and extrajudicial killings with an assurance to implement the recommendations of the panel.
Abiodun, who gave the assurance on Friday at the Executive Council Chamber, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta while receiving the report, appreciated the panel members for their selfless efforts and contributions towards the successful completion of the task.
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“I believe that the implementation of this report will end the gory experience often encountered by residents of the State,” the Governor assured.
The State’s helmsman added that; “it is important for all of us as a people and security agencies to ensure and foster a continued and mutually beneficial relationship.”
N218m as compensation
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, disclosed that the Panel after its findings recommended a total payment of over N218m as compensation for 42 victims or families of victims of brutality and violation of human rights by Police and other security personnel in Ogun State.
The Chairman added that the Panel also made recommendations for the investigation, discipline and where appropriate, prosecution of certain personnel to serve as a deterrent and in the interest of justice.
Justice Olugbemi revealed that the Panel received a total of 106 petitions, out of which 58 were treated and the remaining 48 were either withdrawn, rejected or abandoned wholly or halfway by the petitioners.
He said: “The 289-page report captured the testimonies and pieces of evidence of gory details of torture, unjustifiable shootings, inhumane treatment and other forms of human rights abuses leading to brain damage, spinal cord injuries, permanent disability, death, loss of means of livelihood, unlawful seizure of personal properties and various forms of atrocities.”