Lekki shooting: Group declares Lagos panel incompetent for investigations

Lekki shooting: Group declares Lagos panel incompetent for investigations

- A group, Women for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative (WPJHRI) has condemned the constitution of a panel of inquiry on police brutality and Lekki shooting by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

- The group said the governor cannot be a judge in his own case

- According to the group, there is a need for President Muhammadu Buhari and the attorney general of the federation to intervene in the matter

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The Women for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative (WPJHRI) on Tuesday, November 3, warned that the panel set up by the Lagos state government to investigate police brutality and the Lekki Toll Gate shooting is incompetent.

The group said that the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, cannot be a judge in his case since he constituted the panel to investigate police brutality in the state and the incidents which occurred on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in Lekki.

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Addressing journalists, the president of the group, Tofi Lynda, Sanwo-Olu lacks the moral and legal grounds to constitute a panel on Lekki where it is visible that he (the Lagos state governor) is an interested party.

Lynda said:

"The Women for Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative views such disposition as quite insensitive and a total disregard for the human rights of the victims of the violence that wreaked havoc in Lagos state."

Lynda on behalf of the group called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to stop further proceeding of the ongoing investigations by the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry and restitution.

She said:

"The Women for Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative is appalled that despite the sensitivity of the issues on the ground, the members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution have refused to be circumspect, they have refused to put the interest of the people at heart, instead, they have elected to be sentimental and play politics not minding the implication of their actions in the overall healing process."

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Lekki shooting: Group declares Lagos panel incompetent for investigations
The group said Governor Sanwo-Olu cannot be a judge in his own case. Photo credit: Business Day
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She said the attorney general of the federation must ensure that the caricature that has characterized the proceedings at the panel is halted in the overall interest of the country.

Lynda said, should the process be allowed to continue, the Nigeria might end up dealing with a crisis of unimaginable proportion.

She added:

"We, therefore, call on all Nigerians of good faith to hold the governor of Lagos state and the members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution responsible should there be a resurgence of violence in Lagos state or any part of Nigeria as a result of their insensitive activities."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had announced the federal government's suspension of the #EndSARS protest.

The president during a state of the nation address said the protest against police brutality by some Nigerian youths had been hijacked by some hoodlums.

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Also, a civil society organisation Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants had commended troops of the Nigerian army for the professionalism at the protest.

The coalition said the army worked in the best interest of the nation all through the duration of the protest in various parts of the country.

According to the coalition, the intervention of troops of the Nigerian army at the Lekki Toll Gate was timely in quelling the imminent collapse of the country.

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