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Police brutality: Ogun panel visits crime scene, ex-SARS office

Governor Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation set up by Governor Dapo Abiodun to ascertain complaints of victims on police brutality, human rights violations and extra-judicial killings by security operatives has visited some of the scenes mentioned by petitioners and respondents before it.

At its various sittings,  petitioners had alleged being  tortured, harassed, molested and victimised by operatives  of the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

The chairman, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, said there was need to visit some crime scenes as part of its fact-finding duty.

“During the course of giving evidence, several witnesses that came before the panel mentioned the former office of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Magbon now in use by the new outfit SWAT and Oba Correctional Centre, Abeokuta amongst others” the panel chairman stated.

According to him, “the panel visited the locus in quo somewhere in Alagada area of Oba in relation to an alleged extra-judicial killing by a Mobile Police officer, Sergeant Tunji Ademuyegun posted to the New Abeokuta Correctional Service, Oba facility sometime in 2019 to inspect the security outposts of the army, mobile police and correctional guards to gather useful information on how the runaway police sergeant could have successfully escaped.”

The chairman reiterated the commitment of the panel “to holistic fact findings and thorough investigation into all petitions before the panel to deliver justice to all without fear or favour and to make appropriate recommendations to government.”

During the visit, two witnesses, Alhaji Sulaimon Salisu and Mr. Oluwafemiwa Kehinde Owosa, at the scene where Sergeant Ademuyegun was alleged to have shot late Biola Adeyanju spoke with the panel, saying “the officer shot sporadically after being drunk and the bullet eventually hit the deceased.”