1-30th June, 2021
The Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up across Nigeria to investigate the excesses of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have continued sittings in Bayelsa, Oyo and Lagos states in the month under review. Following the expiration of the 6 months tenure of the Panel, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, extended the
tenure of the state’s Panel for another three months. The extension increases the lifetime of the Panel till July 19, 2021.
Bayelsa and Oyo continue to sit for an additional 2 months to the 6 months officially stipulated by the National Economic Council (NEC), after the directive to establish Judicial Panels of Inquiry across Nigeria to investigate complaints of police brutality and extrajudicial killings, which ended in April 2021.
As of June 2021, eighteen (18) states from among the twenty-nine (29) states and the FCT where Judicial Panels of Inquiry have been established have completed their hearings - namely Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers and Taraba. Only three (3) states, namely Ekiti, Niger and Kwara, however, have submitted and publicly presented the report of the Panel to the state government for implementation of their recommendations. A total of 2,791 petitions have been submitted across the 29 states and the FCT where the judicial panel of inquiry has been established, with only Kogi State still accepting petitions.
On June 25 , 13 petitioners whose cases were decided at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry were compensated with the sum of eighty-three million naira (N83,000,000).
These monetary compensations come alongside punishment declared by the Panel on erring Police officers such as Inspector Daniel Ojo who has been declared wanted by the panel, for the murder of a certain Jessica Adaobi.
As of June 2021, 18 Judicial Panels of Inquiry have concluded their sittings, while in 8 states and the FCT, sittings have been stopped for unknown reasons. Bayelsa, Oyo and Lagos states are the only states where the Panels have been sitting in the month under review.