Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, increased the youth representative on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state from one to two.
Sanwo-Olu revealed this when Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd), chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations visited the governor.
Okuwobi’s visit to the governor came ahead of the swearing-in of the panel members in Alausa on Monday and their inaugural sitting at LASWA Building on Falomo Road in Ikoyi.
The meeting, held behind closed doors, was attended by the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso.
The discussion in the meeting, it was gathered, focused on improvement in the composition of the panel membership and expectations of members of the public in the discharge of the panel’s duties.
The Governor disclosed that the membership slot reserved for the youth had been increased to two, saying the move was to ensure young people, who are mostly the victims of SARS brutality, had strong voice and contributions in the panel’s activities.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The panel will commence its sitting next Monday after the official swearing-in of its members in Alausa. We expect members of the public who have complaints against SARS operatives will approach the panel and bring forward their claims.
“It is also important to mention that we have increased the expected nomination from the youth. At the announcement of the panel two days ago, we asked the youth to bring forward one representative. We have increased the youth representation to two. I understand there is a process, which the youth are using to nominate their representatives, which is very good. We will be expecting them to forward the names of their nominees to us before Monday.”
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