Judicial panel forced to adjourn,as youth reps boycott sitting over CBN’s freezing of their accounts

Youth representatives on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry against police brutality in Lagos state boycotted the panel following the recent decision by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,to block the bank accounts of some of the #endSARS organizers.

This in turn, forced the Lagos State Judicial Panel on the #ENDSARS protests to adjourn its sitting to November 14, 2020.

On Saturday morning, Bolatito Rachael Oduala (Rinu) and Temitope Majekodunmi, #EndSARS youth members of the Lagos judicial panel, in protest of CBN’s action, decided to boycott the sitting.
Doris Okuwobi (retired), chairperson of nine-member panel, said proceedings will not hold due to Oduala and Majekodunmi’s absence.

“We are confronted with a situation which prevented her from coming. We do not know if the two youth representatives will eventually pull out,” Okuwobi said.

“We do not want a situation where proceedings will go on and it is impugned that with controversy due to a lack of quorum.”

Okuwobi stressed the importance of all the panel’s sitting being in accordance with the law.

“In all matters, we have to wait for them to join us, without them we are handicapped,” the retired judge said.

The lawyer representing the youths, Barrister Ogunlaya said “We are embarrassed for Nigeria, that the government invited youths to the panel, and on another hand, are punishing them”.


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