Lekki shooting: Group passes vote of no confidence on Lagos judicial panel

Lekki shooting: Group passes vote of no confidence on Lagos judicial panel

- The Progressive Yoruba Youth (PYY) on Tuesday, November 3, passed a vote of no confidence on the Lagos panel of inquiry on the Lekki shooting

- The youth group said the #EndSARS panel has been comprised and the outcome of the investigation cannot be trusted

- According to the group, the panel is only interested in photo sessions rather than delivering on the job assigned to its members

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The Progressive Yoruba Youth (PYY) has passed a vote of no confidence on the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry and restitution constituted by the Lagos state panel, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to investigate police brutality and high handedness. 

According to the group, the panel has so far come short of high expectations of residents of Lagos state by reducing its activity to a "circus show," especially as it concerns the Lekki Toll Gate incident. 

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Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, November 3, the national president of PYY, Kola Salawu, said members of the panel have been compromised as they have abandoned their duty for photo sessions. 

He said that the state risks a fresh outbreak of violence if the panel fails to get to the root of matters of human rights abuses by police officers.

Lekki shootings: Group passes vote of no confidence in Lagos panel
The group said the Lagos panel of inquiry is compromised. Photo credit: Chukwuma Eze
Source: UGC

Salawu also called on Sanwo-Olu to shoulder the blame for commissioning the panel to arrive at conclusions that will make him re-electable in 2023. 

He said to ensure transparency, the group demands that the panel be disbanded and the body of tainted evidence it has so far collected be discountenanced. 

His words:

"We want to remind Nigerians that Governor Sanwo-Olu has already given his verdict on the Lekki toll plaza incident in several instances.
"The first time was when he visited the scene on the following day after the pandemonium and he ruled that no life was lost in the shooting."

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Salawu also called on the judiciary and the Lagos state House of Assembly to jointly constitute a new panel that will investigate all the allegations levelled against the police by the people.

The group expressed fears stating that it has lost confidence in the ability of the Lagos panel to arrive at fair, objective, and just conclusions since its members are automatically under pressure to align with the governor’s views and stance on what transpired at Lekki Toll Gate.

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He added:

"Its members should be barred from being part of any investigation that is connected to the police brutality, #EndSARS protests, or the Lekki toll gate incident."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a human rights group had warned against the judicial panel set up by the Lagos state governor on October 20, 2020, Lekki shooting.

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The group condemning the constitution of the panel said the Lagos governor cannot be a judge in his own case.

Also, a Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) had absolved soldiers of the Nigerian army of any unprofessionalism at Lekki toll gate.

The coalition said the soldier acted in a professional manner during their encounter with the #EndSARS protesters at the location and other parts of the country.

According to the coalition, the intervention of the soldiers was timely in quelling the imminent collapse of the country.

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