ENDSARS!! Judicial Panel Presides Over The Case Of Boy Chased To Death In Osun State

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings on Friday ordered a subpoena compelling two officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to appear before it for being allegedly involved in the killing of one *Master Idris Ajibola* on September 15, 2020.

The panel also ordered the State Ministry of Justice to provide relevant documents in respect of the petition filed by one *Mrs. Oluwatoyin Adetona* whose kids were allegedly murdered by Police officers in Ilesa, Osun State, in 2016.

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Recall that the parents of the late Idris Ajibola had approached the panel to seek justice in the gruesome murder of their son who was allegedly chased to death by the members of the Joint Task Force comprising soldiers, police, DSS and NSCDC officers.

The deceased alongside two other occupants who were in the car on the day of the incident were allegedly chased along East-pass Dual Carriage Circular Road, Osogbo, by the JTF personel.

It was reported that the car of the chased victims swerved off the road and rammed into a ditch and crashed leading to the instant killing of the deceased.

When the case was returned for further hearing on Friday, the counsel for the petitioner, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, filed an application and prayed the panel to order the appearance of the two identified NSCDC officers who were among the JTF personel that were involved in the incident.

He said the appearance of the two erring officers would aid the investigation and give support to the prosecution of the case as the petitioner was able to identify them by name.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.) granted the application and ordered the two erring officers -Inspector Jimi Awoniyi and Togun Babatunde -to appear before the panel on March 5th, 2021, the adjourned date.

Justice Oladimeji ordered the immediate issuance of subphoana to the two officers for them to appear before it for defence on the adjourned date.

He said the appearance of the two officers would give more credence to the defence of the case and further strengthen the principle of fair hearing and equity that has been the hallmarks of the panel.

Justice Oladimeji however adjourned the case to March 5th, 2020 for further hearing.

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