Police Brutality: Panel Frowns At ‘Delay Tactics’ By Oyo Police
Oyo State Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality has expressed displeasure over what they described as Police’s efforts to frustrate the panel.
The expression followed the failure of the panel to hear three petitions slated for hearing today as a result of absence of the Officer in Charge Legal Matters in Oyo Police Command Mrs Funke Fawole.
Though represented by a legal officer in the Command, Mrs Bolanle Olorukooba, the petitions suffered set back as the police representative said she was not given order to go on with the hearing.
Mrs. Olorukooba who had earlier announced her appearance for police in other petitions slated for mention, refused to continue with the ones scheduled for hearing as she told the panel that files of the three petition were not given to her.
Counsel to the petitioners in the three petitions slated for hearing expressed frustration over the attitude of the Police as some of them were coming from outside Ibadan.
Reacting to the development, members of the panel frowned at the report from Police which they described as delay tactics to discourage the petitioners.
A member of the panel Mr. Babtunde Oduyoye who was furious at the development ordered counsel to the Nigeria Police and the commandment of Southwest Network Security outfit in Oyo State called Amotekun to appear before the panel in the next adjournment.
Contributing, Former Chairman Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Professor Wole Akinlayo, said henceforth the panel would not wait for any party, saying with or without Police in any petition, they would not adjourn any petition.
Chairman of the Panel, Emeritus Chief Judge of Oyo, Justice Badejoko Adeniji sympathize with the petitioners, and appealed to them to be patient, saying the panel would ensure everybody got justice at the end of the panel assignment.