#ENDSARS: Oyo Judicial Panel Foot Petitioner’s Medical Expenses

The Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry Against Police brutality during its sixteenth sitting on Tuesday made provisions for the immediate treatment and free surgical procedure for one of the petitioners before the panel.

The panel took this step when a representative, Oluwaseun Olorode, of one victim of police brutality, Sesan Opadotun, informed the panel that the petitioner couldn’t appear before the panel due to failing health status.

The Panel Chairman, Justice Bolajoko Adeniji (rtd.), made the arrangements for an ambulance pick up and transport the petitioner at his residence in Ojoo area, of Ibadan and move him to the General Hospital at Ring Road where provisions for his treatment had already been made.

His representative, Oluwaseun Olorode told the panel that “I am representing Sesan Opadotun, the petitioner because he is in a dire situation. We do not know if he will survive the day because, since the incident with the police, he has not been healthy. As a family, we have spent all we had and his siblings have become bankrupt because of his situation.

“His aged mother that used to come with me couldn’t come because she has started working as a housemaid somewhere to get money to take care of him and his wife and children who stay with him since we cannot afford hospital bills or medication again.

“We used to take him to UCH but we do not have the financial capacity to do anything that we are asked to do to fight for his health,” he said.

The panel moved by Opadotun’s pathetic situation made immediate arrangements to get him medical attention and adjourned the matter till March 24, 2021, for hearing.

Opadotun had filed a petition of police brutality against the Commissioner of Police in Oyo state in a matter delineated OYJPPB/019.

In a similar vein, the case of Kehinde Omotosho, the trader that died in police custody while being held alongside his relative, Jelili, as placeholders for a target suspect against the Nigeria Police CID, Ibadan was adjourned till March 23, 2021.

Speaking regarding the panel’s responsibility, Hon. Juatice Badejoko restated that the panel is not expected to indict anybody but to hear the petitions, form opinions as well as make recommendations to the government.

The Oyo state judiciary panel during its last meeting attended to 12 cases before adjourning.

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