The head of the commission promises impartiality.
The public sitting of a five-man judicial commission set up by the Ogun State Government to investigate an attack on the traditional ruler of Ado-Odo Town, Lateef Akanni, commenced on Monday at the High Court of Justice, Isabo, Abeokuta.
Mr. Akanni was attacked by his subjects during a protest in May. The cause of the protest is unclear but has been linked with a 2009 Supreme Court judgement in favour of the monarch. Mr. Akanni’s immediate family also sustained injuries in the attack that saw the monarch stripped naked and beaten to within an inch of his life.
The Chairman of the Commission, Oluwatosin Osinuga, warned that those appearing before the commission should not give false evidence or intimidate others to do so, adding that anyone caught would be subsequently jailed.
“We want you know that this commission is a fact finding one. We warn that nobody should intimidate anybody and nobody should prevent anyone from coming to this commission either to give evidence, testify as a witness or tender exhibits.
“The commission has the power to summarily convict if we find anyone threatening because we are backed up by the court of law and we have the power to convict and send whoever we find perpetrating these acts to jail,” she said.
Ms. Osinuga also disclosed that the commission has the power to summon anybody to give evidence or order for any document which it feels is vital to arriving at a just recommendation. She added that parties wishing to be represented by their counsel would be allowed but asked the counsels to desist from making unnecessary objections.
“We are here to do justice to all. The commission will as much as possible listen to every complaint that you have, listen to every petition; we would give you time to adopt your petitions that have been filed as your evidence and we will also give you time to say few things that you may want to add to what you have written down,” she said.
She assured that the commission would be impartial in the discharge of its duties and stated that recommendations to the state government would be made on or before July 15.