The sitting of the Oyo State Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality almost turned confrontational when a petitioner, Ojo Bamidele and the representative of the Nigeria Police engaged in hot arguments on the jurisdiction of the petition.

The petitioner, who is a former Member of Oyo State House Assembly, representing Ibadan Southwest one state Constituency, Honourable Ojo Samson Bamidele had approached the panel to recover his car which he said the police helped recover from armed robbers.

He explained that he was attacked by armed robbers, who shot him and snatched his car in Ibadan in the year 2011, but with the intervention of the Nigerian Police, Iyana Offa, the car was recovered and the suspects were arraigned in court.

The argument started when the officer in charge of the Legal Department of Police, Oyo State Command, Funke Fawole told the panel that she could not respond to the petition because the car was in Lagos State.

At a stage, the two parties almost resorted to the use of strong words to drive home their points.

The tension was however doused by the Chairman of the Panel, Emeritus Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, who appealed to the parties to be calm.

Later, the O/C Legal who did not deny or confirm the recovery of the car from the robbers suggested that the panel summoned the officers in Lagos and also advised that the legal officer of the panel put a call through to the phone numbers provided in the petition form.

Responding, the panel agreed to invite the officers involved in the case to appear before it on round table and urged Mrs. Fawole to also be at the meeting.

The petition was adjourned to March 2, 2021 and the parties later apologized to each other.

Babatunde Tiamiyu

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