*says Oyo Govt ready to take appropriate Action against indicted persons, agencies indicted by panel of inquiry for EndSARS
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday said the state government is ready to take appropriate actions against persons or agencies indicted of allegations of extrajudicial killings and brutality by security agents against residents of the State
Speaking at the inauguration of the panel of inquiry held at the Executive Council Chamber, of the State’s Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, the governor disclosed that contrary to insinuation by some people, South West governors are against a clampdown on social media.
Governor Makinde stressed that the 11-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry is to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings and brutality by security agents against residents of the State., adding that ” all affected persons should feel free to come forward with their complaints.
According to the governor, the state government through the platforms it earlier set up to collate cases of rights infringements has received close to 50 complaints of alleged police brutality and human rights violations, saying, “as a government, we are doing our part and setting up this panel of inquiry, some people have said it will not yield any result”.
“Well, the only way it can produce results is if people present their cases and bring evidence to support them so that the panel can make their recommendations which will then be adopted and implemented. Something will happen if people are able to come forward and present their cases before the panel.”, he said.
The governor added, “as stated, only state governors can, by law, set up judicial inquiries in their states. People have been asking why we didn’t proceed to set up this panel in Oyo state immediately. Well, we decided here to first get some clarity into the types of cases that this panel of inquiry will be looking into. So, in selecting members of the panel, we have people who are of sound mind and intellect and the people who have the requisite knowledge and expertise to make objective appraisals of these petitions.”
According to the governor, “the panel is made up of eleven members drawn from the legal community, National Human Rights Commission, the Department of Public Prosecution, National Youths Council of Nigeria, Youths representatives of #EndSARS protesters, and the community. They are men and women of high repute who have shown themselves up to this task. At least, I can see some of you that we were face to face during the protest.”
Commenting on the late Isiaka Jimoh, Ganiyu Moshood and Adeoye Taiwo who were killed during the #EndSARS protest as well as police officers who were brutally murdered , he stated that there death would be thoroughly investigated while their killers would be brought to book.
“Let me reiterate that those who are responsible for the death of Isiaka Jimoh, Ganiyu Moshood Alabi, and Adeoye Taiwo will be brought to book. We all want a society where the rights of the people arerespected. Also, we will look into the issue of the policemen that were brutally murdered and roasted.”
On the planned clampdown on social media, Governor Makinde said there was never a time that South West governors voted in favour such at a recent meeting in Lagos, saying, “existing cyber-crime act should be able to deal with issues that might arise from the use of cyberspace and that efforts must be made to rebuild the trust deficit that currently exists between the government and the citizens”
“And I said in various fora that we are fully awareof the trust-deficit in the system right now between the government, leaders and the ordinary citizens. There is a lot of anger in the land. There is a lot of hunger as well. And we all have that responsibility to calm things down and to reduce that trust-deficit.”
The governor while condemning “the prevalence of fake news” warned that those who want to play politics with other people’s emotions should note that “what usually goes around usually would come around.”
A former Chief of Judge of the State,Justice Badejoko Adeniji will Chair the panel with Mrs. O. O Ogundele as Secretary, while Professor. J. O Akintayo; Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye; Mrs. W. F Odutayo; N. O Sulaiman; Ms. M. Y Kolawole; Mrs. M. Badmus; Ms. O Akintayo Falowo Daheed; and Mrs. Agbeja Adebobola are to serve as members.