Family of boy allegedly chased to death lauds Osun govt for endorsing panel’s report
The family of the boy allegedly chased to death by a team of security personnel has lauded the Osun State Government for endorsing the report of the Criminal Investigation Department revealing the names and other identities of the officers allegedly involved in the murder of the child, Idris Ajibola.
The parents made the commendation at the resumed hearing of the Osun judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality, human rights violations and related extra-judicial killings yesterday.
The family said the revelation of the identities of the erring officers by the government through the Criminal Investigation Department was an indication that the government is a lover of justice and a clear justification of request for the payment of N5 billion as compensation.
This is even as the counsel to the petitioners, Kanmi Ajibola, after the presentation of his final written address for adoption, lauded the panel’s formation and expressed confidence in its ability to dispense justice.
Presenting his final written address in the case to the panel, the petitioners’ counsel, Ajibola, argued that the alleged unlawful act perpetrated by the subjects of the respondent by chasing the late Idris Ajibola to death, causing his parents an irreparable loss, was contrary to Paragraph 33 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
Ajibola, who described the steps taken by the government to unveil the identity of the occupants of the JTF vehicle that chased the deceased to death as commendable, said the action had further informed the petitioners of the need to pursue the case to finality by ensuring that whoever is found culpable is dealt with in accordance with the constitution.
Also, mother of the deceased, Mrs. Titilayo Ajibola, who addressed journalists after the closure of the case, commended the state government for unveiling the identities of the officers who were in the security vehicle that chased her son to death.
She said the unveiling of the identities of the erring officers was an indication that their case before the panel was genuine.
She also said the request for N5 billion as compensation was to cushion the trauma experienced from the incident as the deceased was the only male child of the family.
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