The Ekiti State Judicial Panel of inquiry into the allegations of Human Right Violations has struck out the case between Dr Temitope Edward Akinyemi and Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Prof. Edward Olanipekun,Governing Council,Ekiti State University for lack of juridiction.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Corneliius Akintayo (rtd.) who gave the recommendation during today’s sitting in Ado, said that it would amount to waste of time of the complainant and the Panel to entertain the matter of alleged disengagement from service before the Human Rights Panel.
He advised Dr Temitope Edward Akinyemi to seek redress from the National Industrial Court which is the competent Court to handle such cases.
The Jury upheld that the Panel was to adjudicate on issues that bother on Human Rights Violations arising from security Officers including the Military,Civil Defence, Immigration,Police, Federal Road Safety Commission Officers and molestation of any kind to the civilian and infringement of civilians on the rights of the security officers.
Dr. Akinyemi has petitioned to the Panel about his aledged illegal dismissal from service of the Ekiti State University last year.
Justice Akintayo charged legal practitioners to take the panel with seriousness by bringing their case and following it to the end, stressing that the panel has a time lapse within which to entertain cases brought before it.
“Lawyers who file any case should be ready to follow it up particularly if you have a case here you have a genuine reason for bringing it, you must have a genuine reason to follow it up and handle the matter with almost dispatch, this Panel is as important as the regular court”.Justice Akintayo said.
He also called on the petitioners to work with the Panel in serving hearing notices to ensure that all parties to the case are present, in his own word ” it is not fair to go ahead in a case where the other party is not informed”.
However, the case of Sergeant Adesina Kolawole, a Police Officer in Afao Ikere Police Headquarters was also entertained where Sergeant Adesina complained of malicious damage to his vehicle Golf- 3 Volkswagen car.
He said that the Car Tape and Battery were taken away, the car’s windscreen was also broken, original particulars that expired since 2013 was stolen within the premises of the Ikere Police Station.
He gave the estimate of the damaged car as N400,000 which he is requesting for assistance from the Government to fix the car.
Also, the case of Sergeant Yakubu Aminu came up for hearing, where his car parked within Afao Police Headquarters was set ablaze during the ENDSARS protest on 20th October,2020. He testified that his Golf -3 car, with registration number AG 828AER with vehicle particulars that expired since year 2013 purchased in year 2012 for the sum of N550,000 will need the assistance of the Government to the tune of N1.3M to bring the car back on the road.
He said that that there was no teargas in the station at the time of the protest to calm down the built up tension in the station by the protesters on that day.
Inspector Aminu explained that Police Authority has no assistance platform like the Panel to assist Officers on issues like this and that this informed his decision to seek assistance from the Panel.
The panel adjourned for continuous hearing of cases before it till Thursday, 12th November,2020.