ENDSARS: Osun Govt presents N53.3m cheques to victims of police brutality
In a bid to commence implementation of the report of the panel of inquiry into police brutality and extra-judicial killings, the Osun State government on Thursday presented cheques of N53,290,000,00 to the victims of Police brutality as compensations.
The panel, led by a retired high court judge, Justice Akin Oladimeji, has in 2021 submitted its report to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
The Panel was charged to look critically and painstakingly into cases of assault, illegal arrest, killings, brutality and other forms of rights abuse by the officers and men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police.
Governor Oyetola in his address, said the motive was a deliberate quest to redress the wrongs of the past years and set the state on the path of true healing.
He said the gesture was a further testament to the commitment of the State Government to peace, fairness, unity, justice, equality, and indeed, the rule of law.
Governor Oyetola, in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government, constituted the Judicial Panel of Inquiry against Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings.
Oyetola spoke further that the presentation of the cheques to the victims was a fulfilment of the financial component of the recommendations of the Panel and that the state had also, in adherence to directive to States, submitted the report of the Panel to the Federal Government.
Presenting the cheques to the victims as recommended by the Panel and approved by the State government, Governor Oyetola reiterated the Administration’s commitment to continuously maintain peace, guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizens and advance the course of The security agencies through the provision of state-of-the-art security architecture.
Oyetola appealed to the citizens to continue to be law abiding.