The Nigerian Army, contrary to its selection last week, will seem on Saturday earlier than the Lagos State Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged taking pictures of #EndSARS peaceful protesters via infantrymen on October 20 at the Lekki tollgate.
Sources close to the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel confirmed to The PUNCH on Thursday that the army had stated the panel’s invitation and the panel had fixed Saturday (November 7) for its look on the listening to taking location at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lekki.
Recall that for two weeks closing month, youths calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police protested across the united states.
In Lagos, the protests assumed a tragic measurement when soldiers shot protesters on the Lekki tollgate.
The shootings have attracted neighborhood and worldwide condemnations with Amnesty International saying that no fewer than 12 people had been killed.
But the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, eighty one Division, Lagos, Major Osoba Olaniyi, said the navy might not honour a summons from the panel as the military believed that it was no longer the panel’s “obligation” to ask the military.
“If we obtain a letter from the country, we will cross. Are we not under civil government? Are we now not part of Nigerians? Have you forgotten that we did now not move there (Lekki tollgate) on our personal?.
“It is the nation authorities that constituted that panel of inquiry. So, if each person desires to get in touch with us to return, it’s far still the state, not the individuals,” Olaniyi had stated.
But on Thursday, a couple of resources confirmed to The PUNCH that the navy had modified its position and would be presenting its case earlier than the panel on Saturday.
One of the resources close to the panel, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Contrary to its earlier posture of resistance, the Nigerian Army appears to have bowed to pressure in admire of the invitation to appear earlier than the Lagos panel on SARS. The Army will seem earlier than the panel on Saturday. That is the day the panel has constant for the Army to appear.
“You realize the panel turned into set up with the approval of the National Executive Council and President Muhammadu Buhari has always assured Nigerians and indeed the worldwide network of full cooperation with the panel, so the Army cannot have the funds for to ignore the invitation from the panel duly signed by means of its chairperson, who’s a judicial officer.
“The complete global is looking us and all eyes are on the panel, in particular in respect of the Lekki Tollgate. The Army is critical to the paintings of the panel and it’s going to erode public confidence in the government if any of its institutions snubs the panel with impunity. After all, the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, so how can the army openly defy the Panel that its own Commander-in-Chief has recommended?”
The supply disregarded the fear that the panel might not be objective because it was installation by the Governor of Lagos State, whom the Army said referred to as for the squaddies who engaged the peaceful protesters at Lekki tollgate.
When contacted at the phone, the spokesman for eighty one Division of the Nigerian Army, Olaniyi, said, “If you have any question, go and meet the panel, don’t come and question me. The panel is wearing out the research, cross and meet the panel. I don’t have any remark.”
Further efforts to get Osoba to answer other questions had been rebuffed as he hung up the call throughout the smartphone communication.
How my sister become shot by means of Abuja policeman, died on NYSC passing-out day – Petitioner
Meanwhile, attesting earlier than the Federal Government’s Independent Investigative Panel probing cases of police brutality in Abuja, a petitioner, Miss Chineye Igwetu, on Thursday, broke down in tears as she recounted how her 23-year-old more youthful sister become allegedly shot by means of a policeman round Ceddi Plaza inside the Central Area of Abuja in July 2018.
Chineye stated her sister, Linda Igwetu, changed into shot via Inspector Benjamin Peters of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja, inside the night of July 3, 2018.
She said the policeman later claimed that he opened hearth on the car conveying the deceased due to the fact the motive force of the automobile refused to stop when he was flagged down.
Chineye said the deceased died in her pool of blood the following morning at 6am on July four, 2018, few hours earlier than the deceased became to bypass out from the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
The petitioner, who regarded strong at the beginning of her about-15-minute testimony, lost manage of her emotion as she broke down in tears whilst she started narrating how the deceased died at Garki General Hospital, Abuja, allegedly without being accorded the essential first useful resource.
She recalled that her sister turned into observing her service yr at a customer support issuer company, Outsource Global Company in Mabushi, Abuja, as her vicinity of number one task.
She said the deceased became living together with her and generally resumed work at 1pm and closed at 11pm.
According to her, within the night time of July 3, 2018, the day of the incident, Linda changed into out with of her colleagues, Tobi Bamidele and Arafat, to have fun her passing- out from the NYSC scheme which turned into to take area the following morning.
She stated that at about 10.22pm at the fateful day, Linda despatched her a WhatsApp message to inform her that she changed into going out to have a few liquids together with her colleagues to have a good time her drawing close passing out from the NYSC scheme.
She said after waiting on her to go back for a while, she slept off but later woke up at about 2am and became amazed to discover that the deceased, who had a spare key to the condo, had yet to return.
“I got to the hospital and became knowledgeable that my sister was shot by way of Inspector Benjamin Peters. Mr Tobi narrated that on their manner domestic, they heard a noisy sound and first of all idea it turned into a tyre burst. He said the next element became that my sister tapped him from the returned seat that something hit her beneath her breast.
“They appeared back and located my sister gasping for breath in her pool of blood and that become after they realised that she was hit through a bullet and that the sound they heard became that of a gunshot.
“On their manner to Garki hospital, the police stopped them and accompanied them to the medical institution.”
She said her sister stored bleeding at the health facility, however despite her and her pal’s readiness to donate blood to shop the deceased’s existence, the nurses and docs stated they might no longer take blood from a woman.
She said she called on her male buddies and left for the national blood financial institution at Zone 4 in Wuse, Abuja, in which they have been to begin with told that there has been no blood.
She said shortly after she left, a call from the blood financial institution asked her to go back to get a few blood.
She delivered that she became on her manner returned when considered one of her male friends who had been to the sanatorium to donate blood, called her to return to the medical institution.
She said she lower back to the blood bank all the same, only to later find out that she become being called to return to the health facility in advance because her sister had died.
“My sister handed out at about 6am after she turned into in a pool of blood with out the necessary first resource,” she stated.
Asked if she had heard from the police since the incident, she said Inspector Peters who allegedly shot her sister became arrested and interrogated however after some returned-and-forth engagements with the police over the matter, the investigative police officer, whom the case become assigned to. Stopped answering her calls.
She delivered that she acquired a call from the then Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who later installation a 4-man committee of senators to probe the case.
She said, “We saved going back and forth. The listening to went on for about every week. The Inspector-General of Police came. But they stored announcing ‘come lower back nowadays, come again the following day,’ till not anything took place once more.
“I kept going to the IPO. At a few factors he stopped answering my calls and I were given tired.”
Asked what she desired from the panel, Chineye stated, “I want justice. I need my circle of relatives to be compensated. I need to see my family smile yet again. I want justice for my sister.”
Ogun panel starts offevolved sitting, gets 40 petitions
The Chairman of the Panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi (rtd) even as speakme on the inaugural sitting in Abeokuta ,stated the panel become not out to witch-hunt any safety operative, but to ensure fairness, fairness and justice for all.
Olugbemi who said the panel was equipped to receive greater petitions, warned against hazard and intimidation of petitioners.
Police, shot and crippled me and averted medical institution from treating me, sufferer tells Ogun panel
Ganiu alleged that the Divisional Police Officer of the Ibara Division, refused to produce the officer that fired the shot and additionally avoided medical institution from treating him.
While narrating how the incident occurred, Ganiu stated after being shot, his mom and brother have been detained with the aid of the a former DPO of Ibara, Bolaji Oluwasegun
He stated he became hit through the police a stray bullet even as he turned into using at 3am around Ibara place of the state.
Ganiu stated, “When I was hit via the bullet, I controlled to pressure to the sanatorium for treatment wherein my mother and my brother have been advised that they would not deal with me without a police document.
“My brother and mom went to Ibara police station to obtain the document however they had been detained via the police rather.
“My automobile became additionally seized and later released to my own family on July 31, 2018 after paying N50,000.
“After the incident, I spent twelve months and two months at the clinic bed. I misplaced the entirety in the course of the length.
“Early this yr, the police from the command headquarters offered my circle of relatives N250,000 as a charge to overlook approximately the case however my circle of relatives rejected it.”
The chairman of the panel adjourned the matter until Monday for similarly listening to.
Awkuzu SARS killed my husband, requested me to remarry – widow tells panel
In Anambra State, a widow of a sufferer of SARS, Chidinmma Edozieuno on Thursday informed the state judicial panel on police brutality that policemen connected to the unit killed her husband in 2017 and asked to remarry.
“They informed me to provide him the final goodbye by way of kissing him,” she stated.
Edozieuno, who petitioned the panel, requested it to provide her affordable reimbursement for the lack of her husband and assets.
She said her husband, Johnson, became a businessman who turned into based totally in Benin Republic but got here to Nigeria to visit her and her infant when he turned into taken away via SARS officers.
She stated,” We had been in our residence in Awka that fateful day in August 2017 while a few gunmen broke into our house and took my husband. They also took away our property and advised me to go and marry another man that ‘this one is as excellent as dead.’
“They stated my husband changed into a kidnapper. I did no longer even understand where they got here from, and at the start, I didn’t even know they were policemen.
“With the assist of a chum, who is a police officer, we commenced searching out my husband. He took me to many police stations to understand if they detained him, however he became with none of them. We went to Awkuzu SARS workplace, and that was in which I saw 3 of the men who got here and arrested my husband.
“I hired a legal professional and we went to court docket. It turned into in court that the counsel representing SARS advised us that my husband changed into lifeless. They said he changed into a kidnapper. I dated my husband for a long term earlier than we got married. He become no longer a kidnapper. I lived in Benin and that turned into wherein we knew every other. I later relocated to Nigeria. My husband become from Aguleri.”
The Chairman of the panel, Justice V.N. Umeh (retd), assured her of justice. ,,