Panel on police brutality: Police intimidating petitioners, says panel chairman

The Chairman of the Ogun State Judicial Panel to look into petitions against police brutality,  Justice Solomon Olugbemi has noted that some petitioners have been withdrawing their complaints following alleged intimidation and threat by the police.

Penpushing reports that, Olugbemi made this observation at the sitting of the panel at Magistrate Court, Isabo, Abeokuta, and warned the security operatives in the act to desist from harassing, intimidating or threatening any petitioner

The chairman declared that any security personnel who is found to be intimidating any petitioner would be appropriately prosecuted emphasising that  this act is an offence under the law.

Penpushing further reports that, in a related development, a member of the panel of investigation, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, has called on government and other stakeholders in charge of police operations to include courses pertaining to human rights abuse and violations, regular workshops, promotion as well as development courses in the force training curriculum.

The former police chieftain made the call after questioning Inspector Falolu Sadiku who was alleged to have abused the human right of  Adeniyi Otusanya as well as Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and his team who raided and detained late Seyi Akinade, the Forex Trader and his friends unlawfully, leading to his death after losing over N7 million to forex trading.

Penpushing also reports that, he added that so many of the police officers find themselves in the mess of abusing citizens rights because majority of them never received any training on such as affirmed by Inspector Falolu Sadiku who revealed that he never received any training nor took any course on human rights throughout his 28 years of enrolment in the force.

The former Deputy Inspector explained that, all that the government is trying to do by setting up the panel was not to witchhunt police officers but to make police and other security operatives learn how to protect the rights of the people as well as get justice for the abused.

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