EndSARS: Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry changes sitting days

The Chairman and other members of the Panel during sitting
EndSARS: Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry changes sitting days
 
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Chairman and members of the panel during inauguration
Chairman and members of the panel during inauguration
The Osun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings has made adjustments to its sitting days.
 
The panel, upon its inauguration, had announced that its sitting days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
 
But when our correspondent visited the Council of Obas’ Chamber, Finance Building, Government Secretariat, Abeere, Osogbo, on Tuesday morning, the place was devoid of any member of the panel.
 
When News Boom contacted Mr Ismail AbdulAfiz, a member of the 13-man panel on the telephone to ask why there was no sitting, he disclosed that the panel had readjusted its sitting days.
 
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According to him, the new sitting days are now Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
 
He said the adjustment was made to suit the personal schedules of the members adding that most of them needed to attend to their personal means of livelihood.
 
The panel member noted that the change to the sittings was made during the meeting of the panel members last Saturday.

“For now, we don’t have a case on Tuesdays. Beecause of our personal schedules, there is a readjustment in our sitting days which is now Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It is expected that most of us will have personal engagements. You know this is not a permanent appointment.

“We are supposed to have made public announcement before now, so I will do a follow-up to that effect. We met on Saturday and changed the days coupled with the fact that there is no matter adjourned till Tuesday,” AbdulAfiz told News Boom.
Recall that the panel at its last sitting on Saturday adjourned two of its petitions to Saturday, November 21.
The panel during sitting on Saturday
The panel during sitting on Saturday
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had on Thursday 22nd of October, 2020, inaugurated a 13-man panel with a mandate to unravel all matters related to police brutality, disbanded officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) among other related cases.
The panel had commenced hearing with five different petitions submitted by victims of police brutality and other human rights violations.

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