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Ekiti Pays Compensation to ENDSARS Victims

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Ekiti Pays Compensation to ENDSARS Victims
L-R: Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers/ Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi; a petitioner at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against Police Officers including officers of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Bode- Gboyega Olutope; Ekiti State Deputy -Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; Panel Chairman, Justice Cornelius Akintayo; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapounda; during the presentation of monetary compensation to victims of ENDSARS in Ado-Ekiti…on Monday.

Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi has made a case for the recognition and compensation of victims of crime as critical stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice system in the country.

The governor spoke during the presentation of cheques to victims of police brutality and ENDSARS protest in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.

The compensation amount varied depending on the gravity of claims by the victims, and was based on the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against Police officers including officers of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.

The panel headed by Justice Cornelius Adetayo was set up in the wake of the ENDSARS protest last year, and was given six months to look into cases of human rights violations and make appropriate recommendations to government.

L-R: A petitioner at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against Police Officers including officers of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mrs. Ogunleye Yetunde Ajayi; Ekiti State Deputy -Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; Panel Chairman, Justice Cornelius Akintayo; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapounda; during the presentation of monetary compensation to victims of ENDSARS in Ado-Ekiti…on Monday.

At the event, Governor Fayemi observed that the judicial system most often get engrossed with the offenders at the detriment of the social, financial, psychological and physical damage suffered by the victim of crime.

While presenting cheques to the first batch of 25 petitioners, Dr Fayemi said the gesture was to provide remedial measures for some of the cases of grave human rights violations brought about by the abuse of police powers as well as the violence, loss of lives and destruction of property occasioned by the protest.

Dr Fayemi explained that his administration decided to award compensation to victims of the protest before the expiration of the six months tenure given to the judiciary panel, to set in motion processes and systems that would continue to guarantee an effective and appropriate redress for victims.

To further strengthen the equitable dispensation of justice and provision of remedy for victims of crime in the state, Dr Fayemi disclosed that his administration was poised on reviewing the state criminal law with a view to ensuring that victims are recognized as important stakeholders in criminal justice system.

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The governor also disclosed that his administration has published a charter for victims of crime in the state and it is in the process of ensuring that all state justice institutions, relevant government departments and security agencies mainstream the charter into their operations.

The charter, according to him, clearly stated government policy on how victims of crime should be treated and supported to ameliorate the effect of the injury inflicted on them during the crime.

He further announced that the State House of Assembly has commenced a review of the Ekiti State criminal Code Law with the aim of ensuring that the interest of an offender does not over ride that of the victim of the offence.

Dr Fayemi also expressed the readiness of his administration not only to make justice accessible to all but also to actively participate in the ongoing national agitations and conversation on police reforms.

He said: “At the inauguration of the Judicial Panel of inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against Police officers including officers of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, I assured victims of abuse of police powers that they will get justice irrespective of their economic status, ethnic background, gender or any other difference. I also said that any police officer that suffers rights violation in the course of duty would get justice. I am pleased that we are able to honour this commitment today.

“My administration recognizes that enforcing the rights of victims require efficient institutions without which our laws and policies may not be sustainable. The Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice are important institutions in this regard. One of our strategic goals for the administration of justice is to have an adequate network of accessible and service-oriented courts across all communities in Ekiti State.

“May I once again formally apologise to all the victims of rights violations as recognised by the Judicial Panel for the hurt they experienced and the loss that they suffered. It is my hope that this monetary compensation will contribute to repairing your financial loss and other psychological and physical injuries that you have suffered. Please accept my very best wishes as you continue the process of rebuilding your lives.”

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Judicial panel, Justice Cornelius Akintayo commended the state government for implementing the recommendations of the panel.
He added that aside from monetary compensation, the panel also recommended the employment of some of the petitioners to provide a permanent remedy for the injury they suffered in the cause of the protest.

One of the petitioners, Mr Olugbolade Cole who spoke on behalf of others, commended the governor for his swift response to the petitioners’ cries for justice via a timely implementation of the panel’s recommendations.

Cole, a practising journalists said he and the other petitioners felt greatly relieved by the government’s gesture in addition to the justice that was done to their cases.

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Anambra Ex-PDP Governorship Candidate Ozigbo Defects To LP

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Valentine Ozigbo, the 2021 Anambra State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defected to the Labour Party (LP).

The 52-year-old former President of Transcorp has announced that he would work for the emergence of Peter Obi as Nigeria’s President.
The former Anambra governor is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

Ozigbo explained that his decision to resign from the PDP was based on the need for Nigeria to have a competent and visionary individual in charge of affairs.

He observed Nigerians have been split into two categories: those working to sustain the status quo and those uncomfortable with the status quo and want to bring positive change.

“I belong to the group that is uncomfortable with the status quo, and we must do what we have to do to save this country and set us on the path of progress,” Ozigbo said in a statement.

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Urging people of good conscience to stand up to be counted, the businessman told citizens to decide whether they prefer to be “on the dark side or on the side of the light”.

He noted that in 2023, Nigerians could either work to entrench the forces that have destroyed Nigeria or warriors of the light who would work to bring justice, equity, and peace.

Ozigbo described Obi as a man with the right vision, assuring that his temperance, capacity and experience would take the country out of troubled waters.

The politician said the nationwide support the LP flagbearer is receiving “is based mainly on the revolutionary, inclusive, and inspiring leadership he demonstrated as a governor”.

“Having worked with him closely during my governorship campaign in 2021, I can attest that Obi is a thoughtful, kind, and generous leader who seeks excellence in all he does.

“Pulled by the brilliance of the candidacy of Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti, inspired by the passion of the Nigerian youth and driven by an undying love for Nigeria, I formally join the Obi-dient Movement.”

Ozigbo urged the people to work to transform the dreams of Nigeria into reality and “get it right” at the polls next February.

Lamenting the state of the nation under the All Progressives Congress (APC), he hailed the youths for showing patriotism, boldness and passion in choosing who will lead from May 29, 2023.

“They have rejected the lust for power of politicians that ought to be in retirement. They have consciously chosen who they want to lead them into the next four years.

“They considered fairness, justice, and equity. They have adopted a bold vision of a country where everyone is carried along irrespective of beliefs, faith, tribe, language, gender, and social status,” he said.

Ozigbo added that young Nigerians were committed to seeing that peace returned to the nation and that citizens experienced what the founding fathers and heroes desired.

 

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Tinubu Is A Bundle Of Lies – Bode George

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A Lagos-based politician Chief Bode George has described Bola Tinubu, as a “bundle of lies.”

George, a leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party ( PDP) has said that everything Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate attributed to himself is a “bundle of lies”.

He said Tinubu did nothing to alleviate the pains of residents of Lagos State despite serving as a governor for two terms.

Bode told Channels Television last night: “I absolutely have no qualms, no quarrel with Tinubu, but all I know is that everything he has said he was or his name is this or his school is that it’s a bundle of lies.

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“I’m a bonafide Lagosian, we knew what Lagos was like, and Lagos remains the commercial nerve centre, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa. What has this fellow done to us?”

The PDP chieftain charged Tinubu to open up on the ownership of Alpa Beta company.

He said the APC presidential candidate should tell Nigerians how much the company has allegedly stolen from the Lagos State Government.

“I have asked a very simple question and none of them has been able to answer it: who owns the Alpha Beta company? How much has the Alpha Beta company stolen from the coffers of our treasury in Lagos state?

“What has he done to alleviate the pains of the people of the state?”

 

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket Unacceptable – Kukah

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket as unacceptable.

Bishop Kukah told Channels Television on Thursday that the ticket was a setback to the country’s national integration.

Against the clamour of Nigerians, the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu had picked Kashim Shettima as his running mate.

While Tinubu is a Muslim from the Southwest, Shettima is a Muslim from the North.

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However, Kukah wondered if Muslims would accept a Christian-Christian presidential ticket.

He said Nigerians would wait to hear what they have to say when the campaign starts.

He said: “But moving forward, the question I have asked my friends who are Muslims, especially those who are from northern Nigeria, is a simple question: ‘Would Muslims in Nigeria or northern Nigeria be ready to make the same concession that Christians made in 1984 and 1993?

“I think that as a Christian, this is totally reprehensible. It is not acceptable to me, but that is the decision of the APC as a party. Perhaps, when the campaign starts, we will hear what people have to say.”

 

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