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Judicial panel on police brutality resumes sitting

Judicial Panel on Police Brutality and Other Related Offences resumes sitting despite absence of two of it’s member, one of the youth representative, Rinuola Oduala, and one of the two civil society representatives on the panel, Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN.

Rinuola Oduala, stayed away, following her decision last Friday to stop further participation in the proceedings.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa was also absent, but with the leave of the panel.

The activist-lawyer had, last Saturday, stated that he could quit the panel in the wake of the police handling of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protest.

This followed allegations that about 40 protesters who were arrested at the Lekki Tollgate were stripped naked, beaten and their phones smashed, before their arraignment by the police.

The panel failed to sit on Saturday, and Adegboruwa’s absence yesterday fuelled suggestions that he might have made good his threat to quit.

But the lawyer, who is one of the two civil society representatives on the panel, stated that he had not done so.

Reports indicate that despite the absence of the two, seven other members of the panel sat yesterday to listen to ten petitions listed for hearing.

WAHAB AKINLADE

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