The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry set up to investigate cases of Police brutality, especially involving officers of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu.
CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the IGP was summoned over a case involving one Adewale Adewuyi, a petitioner
whose 26 acres of farmland was allegedly seized by Police since 2013.
Debo Adeleke, the petitioner’s lawyer, alleged that the Police invaded his client’s farmland located at Age-Mowo near Badagry on December 17, 2013, and destroyed it.
He said the destruction of his client’s farm made his health deteriorate to the extent that he could not move or feed himself.
The lawyer also said a Federal High Court had in 2017 ordered the Police to release the farmland and pay damages for physical assault.
He said the Police have refused to release the farmland or engage in alternative dispute resolution, despite efforts to compel them to do so.
He said, “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.”
However, Cyril Ejiofor, Police counsel, asked that he should be given 2 weeks to meet with the legal department so that the issue will be resolved.
But Chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, ordered that the parties mentioned in the petition should be served summons.
The case was adjourned till March 30, 2021.