Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality has requested the presence of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu.
Eko Hot Blog understands that panel summoned the IGP over a petition by one Adewale Adewuyi, whose 26 acres of farmland was allegedly seized by police in 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.
Adeleke added that the land seizure affected the health status of his client.
The counsel who requested the panel to summon the IGP, said his client who was conveyed on a stretcher could not feed himself after the incident.
He also added that a Federal High Court had in 2017 ordered the police to release the farmland and pay damages for physical assault but said police had refused to release the farmland or engage in alternative dispute resolution.
“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,” he said.
Police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor, requested two weeks to get the issue resolved.
But chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, ordered that the IGP and other parties mentioned in the petition should be served summons and adjourned till March 30.
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