Ekiti panel frowns at Nigerian Army refusal to appear at the panel

Ekiti state



The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Ekiti State Government to
look into allegations of human rights violations has frowned at the
Nigerian Army for failure to honour its invitation to appear before
the panel.
Speaking during a sitting in Ado- Ekiti, the Chairman of the Panel,
Justice Cornelius Akintayo said “we have to put on record that this is
the 5th case in which the Nigerian Army has been served as respondent
but failed to show up and there is no letter or representation to show
courtesy, the Panel is of the view that the Nigerian Army should show
respect for this panel set up by the authority of our land and respond
appropriately to the invitation”.
He directed that the Nigerian Army should be contacted and notified of
the adjourned dates of the Petitions stressing the need for them to
appear before the panel to respond to the various allegations against
According to him, their appearance would throw more light on the
allegations against them and assist in adding that it would also build
people’s confidence in the armed forces.
Stressing that his panel is time bound to deliver on its mandate,
Justice Akintayo noted that the Nigerian Army cannot claim that they
are not aware of the allegations against them.
“I hereby call on the Nigerian Army to answer the petitions against
them and fulfill their own democratic part in reshaping our society
which we believe will put the record straight and we all live together
happily”, Justice Corlinius Akintayo said.

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