Oyo State government has inaugurated its Judicial Panel of Inquiry into cases Police Brutality and Violation of Rights of Citizens and Unlawful Killings by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The inauguration which took place on Tuesday has Justice Badejoko Adeniji (retired) as the Chairman of the 11-man panel.
In a statement made available after the inauguration, the members of the panel were drawn the legal community, the National Human Rights Commission, the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), the National Youth Council of Nigeria, youth representatives of End SARS protesters and the community.
The statement also disclosed that the constitution of the panel is in pursuant to Section 2(1) of the Oyo State Commission of Inquiry Law Cap 32 of the Laws of Oyo State 2000, which empowers the Governor to set up a commission of inquiry.
While noting the scope of the assignment is beyond the Independent control of the Oyo state government, the government is collaborating with the federal government of Nigeria.
Speaking after the inauguration, the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde encouraged anyone who has been a victim of human rights abuse in the hands of any of the security forces to seize this opportunity to seek justice.
The governor also reiterated his determination to bring those responsible for the deaths of Isiaka Jimoh, Ganiyu Moshood Alabi, and Adeoye Taiwo to justice.
Furthermore, the governor moved to clarify the controversy behind the social media bill in some state house of assembly.
Speaking on this, he stated that the so-called social media bill is of no relevance as there is an already existing Cybercrime Act, 2015.