EndSARS : Police Sergeant threatens Panel member In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

EndSARS : Police Sergeant threatens Panel member In Ogun

From Ayobami  Ife,  Abeokuta 

A police sergeant identified as Adeleke Olalekan was caught on Monday threatening  members of the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation during sitting at the Magistrate Court, Abeokuta, the state capital.

From his seat,  Sergeant Adeleke  who accompanied his boss, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Gbenga Megbope,  was allegedly  observed committing contempt against Panel members while the Panel cross examines his supposed boss.

The supposed boss, Gbenga Megbope,   as a respondent in a petition  before the Panel which pertains to human rights violations and other alleged infractions.

The sergeant who was allegedly seen pointing his finger in a threatening and speaking disrespectfully  at panel members but when confronted, he could  explain why he engaged in the threatening conduct and was booked for appropriate punishment as stipulated under the Commission of Inquiry law.

But he quickly threw himself to the ground,  pleading for mercy. 

The Panel Chairman, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, in reading out the alleged offence,   said "any act of disrespect, insult or threat to the Commissioners or any Panel members while sitting in Commission or any act of disrespect, insult or threat to a Commissioner or Panel members at any other time or place on account of his proceedings in his capacity as a Commissioner or Panel member shall be deemed to be an act of contempt within the meaning of this law under Section 16 of the same law."

The Chairman revealed that, "any person who commits an act of contempt, whether the act is or is not committed in the presence of the Commissioners sitting in Commission, such person or persons shall be liable to summary conviction before a court of competent jurisdiction to be convicted and punished according to the tenet stipulated in the law”.

Justice Olugbemi noted that the Police Sergeant ought to be recommended for trial at the Magistrate court, however, the Panel member who was disrespected, pleaded that the alleged offender be pardoned, having apologized, prostrated and pleaded for mercy and showing remorse, the Panel have therefore refrained from recommending him for trial.

The Panel boss also  used the avenue to warn, saying, “the panel would no longer tolerate any act of disrespect to it or any of its members as the law would be allowed to take its course in any such further act”.

Speaking with reporters after the sitting, a former Commissioner of Police and the present Commandant of Amotekun Security Outfit in Ogun State, Mr. David Ajibola Akinremi who witnessed the proceedings lauded the Panel for doing thorough job at investigating petitions brought before it.

The Amotekun boss added that, "the setting up of the Judicial Panel was a welcome development as the wrongs of the past can be seen and solution proffered towards ensuring a better working relationship between the police and the members of the public for a better policing and a safer society".

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