The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry has summoned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Muhammadu Adamu to appear before it in a petition filed at the panel.
Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge heading the panel gave this order on Tuesday, following the prayer of Debo Adewale, the counsel to the petitioner that the IGP be summoned.
The petitioner, Adewale Adewuyi was brought on Tuesday in a stretcher by three men, commanding silence at the panel.
Addressing the panel on the petition of his client, Mr Adewale said the Nigerian Police have refused to release a 26-acre of farmland seized from his client.
“The police seized the petitioner’s farmland since 2013, without any need for it or erected a structure on it.
“The case had gone up for CMC, where parties resolved that the Police should release the said farmland,” Mr Adewale told the panel.
CMC is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism that precedes a litigation.
Following the resolutions made at CMC, a report on same was tendered to the court, with the upholding the outcome of CMC.
Mr Adewale said despite these attempts, the police have refused to release the acres of land to his client, who had “fallen into penury and unable to feed himself.”
The lawyer urged the panel to write to the police authorities to comply with the CMC resolutions.
He also prayed the panel to summon the Inspector-General of Police, to appear in the matter.
Mrs Okuwobi, the chairperson gave an order that the IGP be summoned, she adjourned the matter to March 30, 2021.