– The Lagos #ENDSARS panel has taken a decision to speak on behalf of a victim of police brutality, Adewale Adewuyi
– Adewuyi’sfarmland, according to his lawyer, was forcefully taken over by the police and destroyed
– To answer this case, the panel has summoned IGP Mohammed Adamu
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Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Adamu has been summoned to appear before the Lagos state judicial panel of restitution and Inquiry.
The call for IGP Adamu’s presence after a hearing in which a petitioner, Adewale Adewuyi, claimed that his 26 acres of farmland were allegedly impounded by police since 2013.
According to Debo Adeleke, Adewuyi’s lawyer, some policemen invaded and destroyed his client’s farmland, The Nation reports.
Adeleke said that as a consequence of this, Adewuyi became unable to cater to himself and as such, suffered deteriorating health.
The lawyer recalled that the force in 2017 was asked by court order to release the farmland and pay damages to the petitioner to no avail.
“That order is needed, although I’m not supposed to say this is a fact-finding panel, we need to summon the IGP, so that he can tell the commissioner of police to release this land to us. They are not using the law, it is just there.
“Everybody fears the Lagos state judicial panel on restitution. We will be grateful if my lord will issue the order.”
IGP Adamu was due for retirement on Monday, February 1, 2021. Legit.ng gathered that the news was broken on Thursday, February 4, by the minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minister said the extension was for three months. Dingyadi added that the decision of the president to extend the IGP’s tenure was to give time for the proper selection of the new IGP.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.