The parents of the boy allegedly chased to death by a team of security personnel have lauded the Osun Government for endorsing the report of the Criminal Investigation Department revealing the names of the alleged killers and identities of other officers involved in the murder of their child, Idris Ajibola.
The parents made the commendation at the resumed hearing of the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality Human Rights Violations and Related Extra-Judicial Killings on Thursday.
The parents said the revelation of the identities of the alleged erring officers by the government through the Criminal Investigation Department was an indication that the government is a lover of justice and a clear justification of their request for the payment of N5 billion as compensation.
This is even as the Counsel for the petitioners, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, after the presentation of his final written address for adoption, lauded the panel’s formation and expressed confidence in its ability to dispense justice.
The names of the security personnel in the Joint Task Force (JTF) vehicle that allegedly chased and killed the deceased as revealed by the Criminal Investigation Department are Ejigbo Audu (NPF); Benjamin Ogunsesan (NPF); Jekayinfa Olutosin (NSCDC); Raji Adewale (SSS) and Hammed Yusuf (NAF).
The names of the officers were made public for proper disciplinary actions in their respective Commands.
The late Idris Ajibola along with his friends were on December 15, 2020, allegedly chased, leading to the subsequent death of the deceased by a team of security personnel.
Presenting his final written address in the case to the panel, the petitioners’ counsel, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, argued that the alleged unlawful act perpetrated by the subjects of the Respondent by chasing the late Idris Ajibola to death, causing his parents an irreparable loss, was contrary to Paragraph 33 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
According to him, the said Paragraph of the Constitution provides that, “Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.”
He submitted that his clients were entitled to compensation as enshrined in Section 35 (6) of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulates that, “Any person who is unlawfully arrested or detained shall be entitled to compensation and public apology from the appropriate authority or person.”
Barrister Ajibola who described the steps taken by the government to unveil the identity of the occupants of the JTF vehicle that allegedly chased the deceased to death as commendable, said the action has further informed the petitioners’ need to pursue the case to finality by ensuring that whoever is found culpable is dealt with in accordance with the Constitution.
He commended government for not covering up the matter after the names of the officers were made known by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force assigned to investigate the matter.
Addressing journalists after the closure of their cases, mother of the deceased, Mrs. Titilayo Ajibola, commended the state government for unveiling the identities of the officers who were in the security vehicle that chased her son to death.
The petitioner who was accompanied by her husband and other members of the family said the request for N5 billion compensation was to cushion the trauma experienced from the incident as the deceased was the only male child of the family.