By Modupe Shodeinde
The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry, has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu over a case involving the seizure of a farmland since 2013.
The Petitioner, Adewale Adewuyi, whose 26 acres farmland was allegedly seized since 2013, was brought on a stretcher.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Debo Adeleke, asked the panel to summon the IGP so that the police could be compelled to release the seized farmland.
He alleged that the police invaded the farmland located at Age-Mowo near Badagry on December 17, 2013, and destroyed it.
The development, the counsel said, affected the health status of his client and his client could not feed himself since the incident.
The lawyer also said a Federal High Court had in 2017 ordered the police to release the farmland and pay damages for physical assault.
He however said despite efforts to compel them, the police have refused to release the farmland or engage in alternative dispute resolution.
“That order is needed, although I’m not supposed to say this but this is a fact-finding panel, we need to summon the IGP, so that he can tell the commissioner of police to release this land to us. They are not using the law, it is just there,”
“Everybody fears the Lagos state judicial panel on restitution. We will be grateful, if my lord will issue the order.” he said.
The police counsel, Cyril Ejiofor, however asked that he should be given two weeks to meet with the legal department so that the issue will be resolved.
Doris Okuwobi, chairperson of the panel, ordered that the parties mentioned in the petition should be served summons.
The case was adjourned till March 30.