Judiciary

Vandalized,Stolen Vehicles: Oyo Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Requests Proof Of Ownership

Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality has ordered all the owners of the motorcycles and vehicles destroyed or carted away from the offices of State Vehicles Inspection Service during the last year’s #EndSARS protest to appear before the panel with original documents of their vehicles to prove the ownership.

Chairman of the panel,  Emeritus Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko Adeniji gave the order when Management of the Oyo State Vehicles Inspection Service appear before it to defend a petition written to appeal to the state government for help.

At the sitting, owners of the five of the twenty five motorcycles carted away at Monatan office of the service appeared before the panel, with some documents.

However the petition took a new dimension when one of the owners,  Muideen Musiliyu whose motorcycle was yet to be registered told the panel that the officer who seized his motorcycle did not give him fine ticked to prove that his motorcycle was seized.

This prompted the panel to ask the officers of VIO to explain how they got the list they compiled which they explained.

The members of the also asked why owners of the motorcycles form other stations were not at the panel.

Responding to this, Officers in Charge of Idi Ayunre, Mr. Isaiah Aremu told the court panel that some hoodlums trooped in to their office and forcefully took away the motorcycles saying nobody has ever come to ask for anything in their office.

When asked what prompted the petition, Mr.  Aremu said they did that to inform the government the development.

Reacting, the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Badejoko Adeniji said there was need for the owners of the stolen motorcycles to prove that their property were truly seized.

She said the panel would recommend compensation for only those who could be able to convince them that their property were among those motorcycles carted away.

The petition was adjourned till March 17 for hearing.

Radio Nigeria had earlier reported that 72 motorcycle were carted away from three offices of the VIO in Oyo State during #EndSARS protest.

25 motorcycles vehicles were carted away at Monatan, forty six were carted away at Iseyin while one motorcycle and two tricycles were carted away at Idi Ayunre office of the service by EndSARS protesters.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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