The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry instituted to investigate cases of police brutality, especially involving officers of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, has summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammad Adamu.
1st News gathered that the IGP was summoned over a case involving one Adewale Adewuyi; a petitioner whose 26 acres of farmland was allegedly seized by police since 2013.
According to Debo Adeleke, the petitioner’s lawyer, the police had allegedly invaded the farmland located at Age-Mowo; near Badagry on December 17, 2013, and destroyed it.
The development, the counsel said, affected the health status of his client.
Adeleke, who asked the panel to summon the IGP, said his client – brought on a stretcher – could not feed himself after the incident.
The lawyer also said a Federal High Court had in 2017 ordered the police to release the farmland and pay damages for physical assault.
But the police had refused to release the farmland or engage in alternative dispute resolution, the counsel added.
He said: “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.”
However, the police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor, requested two weeks to get the issue resolved.
But chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, ordered that the parties mentioned in the petition should be served the summons. Thereafter, she adjourned till March 30.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has stated as of December 2020, the Federal Government recorded 89 per cent release to Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the capital component of the 2020 budget.
Ahmed, who made the disclosure at an interactive session with the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday, February 22; said the 89 per cent was occasioned by the release of N1.74 trillion.
She also revealed that N118.37 billion was also released for COVID-19 capital expenditure from the fund.
Ahmed said the Nigerian economy faced serious challenges in 2020; with the macroeconomic environment significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said the impact resulted in a 65 per cent decline in projected net 2020 government revenues from the oil and gas sector; which adversely affected foreign exchange inflows into the economy.