Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, doubled the youth representative on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state from one to two.
Sanwo-Olu announced this during a meeting with the Chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations, Justice Doris Okuwobi.
Recall that TheLagosToday reported that Okuwobi’s and other members of the panel would be sworn-in tomorrow, at Alausa, while they would also have their inaugural sitting at LASWA Building on Falomo Road in Ikoyi.
The meeting between Okuwobi and Sanwo-Olu, held behind closed doors, was attended by the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso.
It was gathered that the discussion in the meeting, focused on improvement in the composition of the panel membership and expectations of members of the public in the discharge of the panel’s duties.
The Governor disclosed that the membership slot reserved for the youth had been increased to two, saying the move was to ensure young people, who are mostly the victims of SARS brutality, had strong voice and contributions in the panel’s activities.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The panel will commence its sitting next Monday after the official swearing-in of its members in Alausa. We expect members of the public who have complaints against SARS operatives to approach the panel and bring forward their claims.
“It is also important to mention that we have increased the expected nomination from the youth. At the announcement of the panel two days ago, we asked the youth to bring forward one representative. We have increased the youth representation to two. I understand there is a process, which the youth are using to nominate their representatives, which is very good. We will be expecting them to forward the names of their nominees to us before Monday.”
Sanwo-Olu said the venue of the panel’s sitting was purposely chosen to create room for large occupancy should there be a high number of complainants. He said the help desk lines specifically created to reach the panel members would be opened for calls from Monday.
He urged members of the public who had valid cases of brutality, human rights violations, and extra-judicial killings to approach the panel for justice and compensation.
Other members of the panel include Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Ms. Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society), Mr. Segun Awosanya (Human Rights Activist), Mrs. Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Lagos Citizens Mediation Center), and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.Follow us on social media