EndSARS panel: Pay our compensation before we die – Petitioner begs Ogun, Nigerian govt

A petitioner on the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Additional Judicial Killings, Muraina Akintunde, has appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun and the Federal Authorities to implement the suggestions of the panel as contained within the report submitted.

Akintunde stated this must be achieved now that the petitioners are nonetheless alive, saying authorities shouldn’t wait until a few of them die earlier than taking a call.

The petitioner, in an interview with BBNAIJA ONLINE” on Wednesday, lamented that lots of the petitioners are presently in ache and in want of cash to deal with medical bills, citing himself for instance.

The civil servant had earlier appeared earlier than the Justice Solomon Olugbemi-led panel on the Justice of the Peace Court docket 1, Isabo, Abeokuta to complain of how he was allegedly arrested, brutalised and maltreated by operatives of the defunct Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), Magbon, Abeokuta.

The 36-year-old Ayetoro resident stated he was arrested on June 14, 2020 on the occasion of a person, whom he accused of getting an affair together with his spouse.

He revealed to BBNAIJA ONLINE” that he was conveyed to Magbon after he was significantly crushed by SARS operatives.

“The second day, (fifteenth June 2020), they took me out of the cell, 4 of them eliminated my garments, left me bare. They tortured me for about three hours with several types of iron rods, together with each huge and small sledge hammers. Blood gushed out of my physique. They broke my left leg, then I fainted.

“The day they arrested me, it was the complainant’s automobile they used. The complainant was my spouse’s concubine,” he said.

Akintunde made it identified that the sum of N120,000 was collected from her sister to safe his launch after about 12 days in detention.

The petitioner claimed he had been spending cash to deal with his damaged leg, including that he additionally contracted Tuberculosis whereas within the SARS custody.

He recalled spending six days in a personal hospital to deal with himself.

“It was on the hospital that I found I had so many unknown well being points, together with Tuberculosis. As much as this second, I’m not wonderful and it’s over a yr now,” Akintunde narrated.

Nearly 4 months after the panel concluded sittings, the petitioner expressed fear that the Ogun State Authorities has not taken a call on the N218million really useful as compensation for victims and households of victims of police brutality.

Whereas receiving the report of the panel on July 9, Gov Abiodun promised to implement the panel’s suggestion, saying copies of the report can be forwarded to the Federal Authorities.

BBNAIJA ONLINE” observes that authorities is but to make identified its determination barely 48 days after the report was introduced to the governor.

Talking additional, Akintunde lamented that, “I feel it’s getting late, as a result of I would like cash to deal with myself. My left leg nonetheless must be solid for everlasting therapeutic and another accidents in my physique.

“Not solely me, I do know another victims who misplaced their kinfolk within the course of, some broke their spines and are actually on wheelchair.

“I simply need the governor to kindly take into account the implementation of the report on time, as a result of a number of the police brutality victims are struggling. I’m the one one who is aware of the ache I’m going via now.

“The State and the Federal Authorities ought to please implement the suggestions of the panel now that we’re nonetheless alive, and never when a few of us may need died of unknown well being points.

“The federal government ought to take into account the truth that I’ve suffered lots and I actually need assistance financially to deal with myself, as a result of so many issues are occurring to me that I can’t even perceive the signs till I search medical assist. However there isn’t a cash to do this.”