In the wake of the October 2020 protests against police brutality across the country, tagged #EndSARS, about 28 states constituted panels of inquiries in response to the protesters.
The Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry, headed by Justice Akinwale Oladimeji, had, in its report, recommended N53,290,000 as compensation for the 13 of the 21 cases it heard.
While presenting the cheques, Mr. Oyetola said no society can progress with injustice, inequality, and lawlessness.
The governor, however, appealed to citizens to continue to be law-abiding and show the virtues of ‘Omoluabi’ (a cultured person) ethos.
He also promised that the state would spare no effort in creating an ambiance of peace and tranquillity for the citizens across the nooks and crannies of the State.
“Today’s occasion should, therefore, be regarded as a deliberate quest to redress the wrongs of yesterday and set our society on the path of true healing,” said the governor.
“Our decision to pay compensation, which ordinarily is not the responsibility of the state, since the police are not directly under our control, is a further testament to the commitment of our administration to peace, and the rule of law.
“Let me, however, reiterate here that the list of all those that have secured judgment debts has been passed on to the federal government for necessary action, in line with the recommendation of the Panel.
The governor also pledged continuous support for the police in implementing relevant reforms that would enable it to play its role of maintaining law and order.”