Gov Fayemi Extends Curfew, Inaugurates Judicial Panel

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has extended the ongoing curfew imposed across the state till Monday next week.

Governor Kayode Fayemi announced this in Ado Ekiti while inaugurating members of the state’s Judicial Panel of Enquiry into allegations of human rights violations against operatives of the disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS.

Governor Fayemi explained that the extension of the curfew might be restricted to some troubled areas and was not aimed at abusing the rights of citizens but to secure the lives of the people. 

He said government would not allow police brutality in the state, hence the setting up of the panel to receive and investigate complaints from families of victims of human rights abuses by the operatives of the disbanded SARS.

Governor Fayemi directed the panel to recommend appropriate sanctions for personnel involved and compensation for victims of police brutality.

He apologised to genuine #ENDSARS protesters in the state over the recent public disturbance which led to imposition of curfew across Ekiti.

The governor asked those with incidences of police brutality in the state to make themselves available before the panel for it to evaluate and ascertain the validity of their evidences for necessary action..

Responding, Chairman of the Judicial Panel, Retired Justice Cornelius Akintayo thanked the governor for the opportunity given them to serve, promising that they would do the assignment objectively.

The ten member panel which has six months to conclude its assignment was asked to provide monthly report of its activities to the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

 Meanwhile, normalcy is gradually returning to Ado-Ekiti after witnessing civil disturbances for past few days following the violence that greeted the “EndSARSProtest” in the state capital.

Radio Nigeria Correspondent who visited some areas within Ado-Ekiti metropolise including Odo-Ado, Ijigbo, Mugbagba, Old Garage and Okeyinmi, described the situation as calm.

The curfew announced by Ekiti State Government was not observed as many people were seen moving freely, commercial drivers and motorcyclists were conveying people to their various destinations unhindered.

Virtually all shops in the areas visited were opened for business, while traders at ‘Oja Oba’ were carrying out their business activities without any hindrance.


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