Folks, Judicial Panels of Inquiry are like courts but they are not courts. Their procedures are simpler and less technical- not technical at all.
Like courts, they're not Father Christmas
They adjudicate on cases brought before them. They don't manufacture their own cases. So, what they hear is what you bring before them.
We need activist lawyers on these streets to represent victims at the Panels. It is the next stage of #EndSARSProtest: put the police and the state on trial at the Panels
Let me restate we need activist lawyers to represent victims at the Panels of Inquiry and not become members of the Judicial Panels of Inquiry.
When Kunle Adepeju was killed by @policeng at University of Ibadan in 1971, late Kanmi Ishola-Osobu, leading Gani , represented the students at the Justice Kazeem Panel of Inquiry
But for the industry of both activist lawyers, Kanmi & Gani, Justice Kazeem Panel of Inquiry would not have recommended that the use of live rounds at protests be outlawed. Though Gowon later trashed the panel's Report
Please, foljs, understand the stage we are moving into; it is as important as the protests in the streets.
I regret that we have lost to Ebun Adegboruwa SAN to the Lagos Panel; but we will organise fast to get lawyers of conscience on board. Thanks

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16 Oct
Great Nigerian Youths, salute, you're all doing well.
However, I read how many are promoting the Judicial Panels of Inquiry Governors are constituting upandan. Don't be deceived. #ENDSARS
I'm a lawyer of 28 years standing at the bar and I know the game these governors and their supporters are playing. If they're constituting Judicial Panels of Inquiry, they should issue proclamations constituting these panels under the law.
Mere press statements are insufficient. Every state in Nigeria has the Commission of Inquiry Law; and they should constitute these panels under this law. Don't let them pool wool over your eyes.
Read 6 tweets
16 Oct
Hey, folks, I've npw watched the Wike Channels TV interview. Thanks to those who DM-ed clips.
I've tweeted extensively on the Judicial Panels of Inquiry, the law and the politics and I've asked why Buhari isn't empanelling an Inquiry
By exercising his powers under the Tribunal of Inquiry Act 2004; why are governors taking responsibility for the actions of a federal agency? I have also asked why governors are hurrying setting up Judicial Panels of Inquiry without
Telling us which law backs their actions. Nobody has told us who would pay the compensation to victims that the NEC stated in its communique. Without a national Victims Fund legislation, everything na wayo
Read 5 tweets
16 Oct
Please, if you're good at demonizing generations before your own, all of this is for you:
1) Not every member of generations before your own partook in the destruction of Nigeria;
2) As it is always the case, past generations had their Adamu Garbas of today
3) Many parents in their 50s today looked the other way while our country burned. Their kids are teaching them what they feared to do: fight for the soul of Nigeria;
4) If you do the stereotyping, generalisation and blanket demonization of yester generations, it is wrong!
Read 18 tweets
16 Oct
Dear HE @GovernorObaseki, greetings, Sir.
As an Edolite I'm interested in the process of selection of members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry agreed by the NEC to investigate SARS abuses and police brutality.
Edolites have fought against SARS since 2013, even when it wasn't a fashionable to fight, culminating in the removal of Compol Haliru Gwandu from Edo. So they deserve a credible Judicial Panel of Inquiry
In light of the foregoing, Sir, I humbly suggest that Rtrd Justice Esohe Ikponwen, former CJ Edo, be appointed chair of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry
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16 Oct
I will answer with a small thread.
I've concerns about the way the Judicial Panels of Inquiry have been reduced to the subnational states and FCT. More so that we are dealing with the brutality of a federal agency- NPF
Perhaps, due to logistics, and perhaps too, due to the fact that victims are largely indigent, decision was taken to hold state-wide inquiry.
Given the above, my view is that Buhari should have set up the Judicial Panel of Inquiry by exercising his power under the Tribunal of Inquiry Act, 2004. He hasn't done that.
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15 Oct
HE @ProfOsinbajo, refer to the statement issued by the NEC, specifically on the establishment of panels of inquiry by states. I find the one hurriedly set up by Gov @WillieMObiano worrying.
Anambra is the ground zero of SARS abuses in Nigeria, so I find the composition unwieldy and heavily packed with the establishment. What are serving commissioners doing there, when the AG is a member?
Civil Liberties Organisation which represents the CSOs no longer exist. As a one-time Head of Legal, CLO, I'm in the position to assert the truth of the fact of its non-existence.
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