Justice Akin Oladimeji, the Chairman of the Osun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into police brutality, extortion, and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by men of the disbanded  Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS), has commended Governor   Adegboyega Oyetola for implementing the report of his committee, most especially, the financial obligation recommended to the government, despite the lean finance of the State.

 

 

 

Oladimeji said this on Thursday when the Osun  State government presented cheques of N53.3M  to the victims and families of police brutality as recommended by the panel.

 

 

 

 

The Chairman of the panel expressed doubt on the re-imbursemement of the State by the Federal Government, whose agency (police)  according to him, caused the troubles that led to the payment.

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Oladimeji said, ‘’I seriously doubt if the FG is reimbursing you for the money you will dole out today.

 

 

I seriously doubt it.  Because those who caused the trouble are the police, an agency of the federal government. But I  salute the humanity in the Governor.

 

 

 

 

 

‘’Lagos State is the richest  State in the country and they can decide to pay.

 

 

 

Delta  State is an oil-producing state, they can pay as much as they wish. But here in Osun State is at the lowest ebb of what comes in, in terms of allocation.

 

 

 

The internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is so low but the Governor is managing it very well. Even some of those oil-producing    States are still owing workers but the case is different here. So, I can say the Governor deserves commendation’’.

 

 

 

 

 

The retired Judge saluted the Governor for his prudence and financial sagacity, adding that he (Oyetola) deserves commendation from all residents of the State.

 

 

 

Presenting the cheques to the victims whose cases had been justified and recommendations for compensations were being passed by the Panel in his office, Governor Oyetola said the initiative has further confirmed that his administration was conscious of the fact that no society can truly progress where the reign of injustice, inequality, and lawlessness is encouraged to thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

‘’Our decision to pay compensation, which  ordinarily is not  the responsibility  of the State, since the police are not directly  under our control, is a further  testament  to the commitment  of our Administration  to peace , and the rule of law.’’

 

 

 

‘’As an administration, we understand that no society can truly progress where the reign of injustice, inequality, and lawlessness is encouraged to thrive,’’ Oyetola said.

 

 

Osun became  the third state  to implement  the report  of the panel  of inquiry  constituted  nationwide  by States  following  the #ENDSARS protest  that rocked  the country  in 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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