The Government of Osun on Thursday presented cheques of N53,290,000.00 as compensation to 13 victims of police brutality in the State.
The gesture was a further testament to the commitment of the State Government to peace, unity, justice, equality, and indeed, the rule of law.
This is even as the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola affirmed that the motive was a deliberate quest to redress the wrongs of yesterday and set the State on the path of true healing.
Recall that Governor Oyetola, in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government, constituted the
Judicial Panel of Inquiry against Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra-Judicial Killings.
The Panel which was headed by the retired Judge of the High Court, Hon. Justice Akinwale Oladimeji, was charged to look critically and painstakingly into cases of assault, illegal arrest, killings, brutality, and other forms of rights abuse by the officers and men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police.
This was against the backdrop of the organic nationwide EndSars protest that constitutes a critical milestone in the nation’s political history, especially with regard to citizens-police relations vis-a-vis the allegations and the subsequent agitations that followed.
However, the presentation of the cheques to the victims was a fulfillment of the financial component of the recommendations of the Panel as the state was strictly in adherence to the directive to States since it submitted the report of the Panel to the Federal Government. The Panel had in its report recommended the sum of N53,290,000 as compensation for the 13 of the 21 cases heard.
Presenting the cheques to the victims whose cases had been justified and recommendations for compensation were being passed by the Panel in his office, State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said the initiative has further confirmed that his administration was conscious of the fact that no society can truly progress where the reign of injustice, inequality and lawlessness is encouraged to thrive.
He reiterated his Administration’s commitment to continuously maintain peace, guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizens and advance the course of the security agencies through the provision of state-of-the-art security architectures.
Governor Oyetola who appealed to the citizens to continue to be law-abiding and always demonstrate the virtues of Omoluabi ethos that the State is known for said the State would spare no effort to create ambience of peace and tranquility for the citizens across the nooks and crannies of the State