#EndSARS: Panel asks victims of police brutality in Osun to submit petitions 

#EndSARS: Panel asks victims of police brutality in Osun to submit petitions
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Chairman and members of the panel during inauguration
Chairman and members of the panel during inauguration
Osun state Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality has asked citizens of the state who had suffered brutality in hands of operatives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS of the Nigeria Police to submit their petitions.
 In a public special announcement issued by Mrs Adekemi Bello, the Secretary of the Panel on Saturday, petitions may also be submitted on behalf of any dead or missing persons whose death or disappearance arose from their contacts with SARS or other departments of the Police.
The full announcement obtained by News Boom reads in full:
Osun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality wishes to inform the general public that, any person or persons who have been victims of Police brutality under the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, any other Police department or any other government department, including  the two alleged  incidents  of death  recently at  Osogbo, which  led to the attack on the Governor ‘s convoy at  olaiya junction Osogbo may submit memoranda/petitions to the Panel.
Memoranda or petitions may also be submitted on behalf of any dead or missing persons whose death or disappearance arose from their contacts with SARS or other departments of the Police.
Memoranda/petitions may also be submitted by persons whose human rights have been violated by the defunct SARS. Government agencies, Ministries,  Parastatals and other organisations that have received complaints from members of the public may also forward copies of same to the Panel.
Chairman and members of the panel during inauguration
Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Chairman and members of the panel during inauguration
Complaints must be based on what happened between the 29th day of May 1999 to the 25th of November 2020
Any person submitting memorandum may be required to personally give oral testimonies and tender other pieces of evidence at the hearing of his/her petition. Such petitioners may engage the services of lawyers of their choice (only if they so wish).
All memoranda/petitions shall be clearly typed and submitted to the Panel by hand or sent to the e-mail:- osunjudicialpanelofinquiry@gmail.com or WhatsApp number – 0807 983 9799 of the Panel. The typeset which shall not be more than five (5) pages, shall be in Times New Roman of 14 font size, with at least single spaces in-between the lines. All memoranda/petitions shall be perfected in the following format:
1). Introduction – which must state the full:-
(a) names;
(b) phone numbers/e-mail address/ WhatsApp numbe of the petitioner;
(c) name and address of the victim/victims;
(d) name/names of the alleged assailant/police man/officer and his/her office address (if known) or police station to which  he/she is/was attached;
(e) names, phone numbers and addresses of witnesses, if had/known;
(f) dates, time, venue/location of the incidence (where the alleged assault took place);
(g) any other piece of information or facts that will assist the panel to do justice.
2). Facts and evidence of the case, where available.
3). Reliefs sought from the Panel (what you want the Panel to do for you).
4). Signature or thumb print of the Petitioner.
5). All Petitions to be submitted on working days between the hours of 8am to 4pm from Monday, 26th October, 2020 to 25th November, 2020 (which is the closing date for submission of memoranda/petitions).
6). Any petition written in any language other than English Language shall have the English Language translation accompanying it.
7). All memoranda/petitions to be addressed and submitted to:
The Secretary,
Osun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality,
Department of Public Prosecution,
Ministry of Justice,
Abeere.
All aggreived persons are highly encouraged to submit complaints, please.
The venue  for hearing of Petition is the The Council of Obas’ Chambers, Finance building, State Secretariat, Abere

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