Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun Province has been asked to release or put out the recommendations of the Ogun Province judicial panel on constabulary brutality, otherwise known as EndSARS panel, within 7 days.
A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Crusaders of Liberty Initiative, made the asking in a letter of the alphabet addressed to Abiodun on Fri.
The NGO, through its counsel, Kayode Aderemi, reminded the governor that the EndSARS panel had submitted its recommendations to him since July 2021.
Pursuant to Subdivision 4 of the Liberty of Information Human activity 2011, the grouping asked Abiodun to create public the recommendations of the panel.
A re-create of the letter of the alphabet titled, ‘Asking for the release/publication of details of the Ogun Province EndSARS panel’s recommendation’, read in section:
“We are the solicitors to the Crusaders of Liberty Initiative, a registered NGO. We write on her instruction. The subject refers, Sir.
“We commend Your Excellency for swiftly acceding to the demands of millions of youths to set upwards the ENDSARS Panel. We understand that the Panel has concluded her sittings and made her recommendations to your Excellency, since July, 2021. We hereby humbly asking for the release/publication of the details to the Panel’s recommendations.
“We made this asking pursuant to Subdivision 1 of the Liberty of Information Human activity 2011, which guarantees whatever individual to access or asking information in custody or possession of whatever public official, agency or institution.
“Pursuant to Subdivision 4 of the Liberty of Information Human activity 2011, we urge your Excellency to accede to our asking within 7 days from receipt of this asking.”
Speaking with DAILY POST, Aderemi charged the Province regime to create public the written report of the panel, saying the panel was a private one.
The legal practitioner stated that he represented no fewer than 4 petitioners at the panel, expressing dissatisfaction that none of his clients knew their fate as far as the panel was concerned.
“The EndSARS panel was a public hearing, not a private hearing. So, it is common sense that the recommendations of a public hearing should be made public. There is no alternative to that. That’s just the normal thing. Fifty-fifty in Lagos, the recommendations were made public, we knew who was getting what. Personally, I represented in relation to 4 petitioners at the panel. As I speak with you, none of them knows their fate, despite the fact that the panel concluded several months agone.
“Since it was a public hearing, recommendations should be made public. Newspapers covered petitions and hearings, why should the recommendations be private?” he queried.
The counsel threatened to approach the tribunal whether Gov Abiodun failed to release the panel’s written report in accordance with the FOI Human activity in 7 days.
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