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LAGOS: Judicial panel summons IGP, others over petition by 76-year-old ‘victim’

THE State Judicial Panel probing cases of police brutality has summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, the Commissioner of police in charge of Legal Dept, Abuja, the AIG Co-Operative Police College, Ikeja and and the Surveyor-General of the state.

These people were summoned so as to resolve an eight-year-old case that has allegedly cost a septuagenarian his means of livelihood.

The petitioner, Adewale Adewuyi who is 76-years old, had alleged that his 26 acres of farmland was  seized by police since 2013.

Debo Adeleke, the petitioner’s lawyer, alleged that the police invaded the farmland located at Age-Mowo near Badagry on December 17, 2013, and destroyed it.

The development, the counsel said, affected the health status of his client.

Adeleke noted that the treatment meted out to his client had rendered him a vegetable somewhat as he is now bed-ridden.

The lawyer also said a Federal High Court had in 2017 ordered the police to release the farmland and pay damages for physical assault.

But the police had refused to release the farmland or engage in alternative dispute resolution, the counsel added.

He said, “That order is needed, although I’m not supposed to say this is a fact-finding panel, we need to summon the IGP, so that he can tell the commissioner of police to release this land to us. They are not using the law, it is just there.

“Everybody fears the Lagos state judicial panel on restitution. We will be grateful if my lord will issue the order.”

On his part, police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor, requested two weeks to get the issue resolved.

But Chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, ordered that the parties mentioned in the petition should be served summons and adjourned till March 30.

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