Following the Panel inauguration by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the seven-member Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution led by Justice Doris Okuwobi, rtd, to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos State has commenced sitting few hours after its inauguration.
The Judicial Panel of Enquiry commenced proceedings at the Lagos State Waterways Authority Headquarters, LASWA YARD, Falomo Jetty, Lagos
Justice Doris Okuwobi, rtd, chairman of the panel, in his inaugural speech, assured citizens of Lagos that the panel would be committed to transparency and accountability by making its reports and recommendations public.
She also promised to ensure justice for victims in the state. Okuwobi however urged victims and witnesses of alleged violations by security forces, including extrajudicial executions, torture and rape to appear before it.
Okuwobi stated that the panel would investigate complaints from victims of the disbanded Special Anti–Robbery Squad (SARS) or any other police unit, with a view to ascertaining their validity.
The panel is expected to recommend compensations and/or other remedies appropriate for each case