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Osun govt presents N53.2 million to victims of police brutality

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
13 May 2022   |   4:03 am
Osun State Government, yesterday, presented cheques worth N53.2 million as compensation to victims of police brutality in the state.

Osun State Government, yesterday, presented cheques worth N53.2 million as compensation to victims of police brutality in the state.

The state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, affirmed that the motive was to redress the wrongs of yesterday and set the state on the path of healing.

Besides, he said the gesture was a further testament to the commitment of the state government to peace, fairness, unity, justice, equity, and indeed, the rule of law.

Oyetola further said that presentation of the cheques was a fulfilment of the financial component of the recommendations of the panel and that the state had also, in adherence to directive to states, submitted the report of the panel to the Federal Government.

The governor, while presenting the cheques to the victims, reiterated the administration’s commitment to continuously maintain peace, guarantee the security of lives and property of citizens and advance the course of the security agencies through provision of state-of-the-art security architecture.

He appealed to the citizens to continue to be law abiding and always demonstrate the virtues of Omoluabi ethos that the state is known for, adding that the state would spare no effort to create an ambience of peace and tranquility for the citizens across the nooks and crannies of the state.

“Our decision to pay compensation, which ordinarily is not the responsibility of the state since the police is not directly under our control, is a further testament to the commitment of the administration to peace and the rule of law.

“Let me, however, reiterate that the list of all those that have secured judgment debts have been passed to the Federal Government for necessary action in line with the recommendation of the panel.

“As an administration, we understand that no society can truly progress where injustice, inequality and lawlessness are encouraged to thrive.

“On behalf of the government and the people, I passionately appeal to all those who are justifiably aggrieved for the wrongs meted to them in one way or the other to forgive and allow the next chapter of true and sustainable healing open up for the good of all.

“I assure you that we are committed to supporting the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in fully implementing relevant reforms that would enable it play its role of maintaining law and order.”

Earlier in his remarks, Chairman of the panel, Justice Akin David Oladimeji, extolled Oyetola for deeming it fit to compensate the victims despite the lean purse of the state.

Oladimeji, who described the gesture as a right step in the right direction, noted that the decision would further register confidence in the mind of the people.

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