- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has vowed to make public and implement the report of the judicial panel of enquiry of victims of SARS-related abuses
- Sanwo-Olu who made this disclosure on Thursday, October 21, assured Lagosians that the recommendations of the panel would also be made open
- The governor further stated that the report would aid the resolution process and would help prevent the re-occurrence of such incidents in the state
The Lagos state government has pledged to publish and implement the report of the judicial panel of enquiry into allegations of human rights abuses against the police.
Speaking on Thursday, October 21, on the arduous task of rebuilding Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured that the recommendations of the panel would not be covered up, Daily Trust reported.
According to him, the panel report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing the re-occurrence of such violence in the state.
The governor made the remarks while addressing participants at the 10th National Council On Lands, Housing and Urban Development, held in Ikeja, with Minister of Works and Housing and former Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola in attendance, Vanguard also reported.
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“Lagos recorded a huge loss in assets and resources following the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests, as public transportation infrastructure, court buildings, police stations, private properties and iconic assets were razed by arsonists on October 21, 2020.”
The panel, which was set up to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against the police and determine the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos, concluded its sittings on Monday, October 17, 12 months after it was constituted.
Sanwo-Olu affirmed thus:
“The panel concluded its sittings about three days ago and has asked for time to put the reports together behind closed doors. We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public.
“We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our government stands for. We will make full disclosure of whatever recommendations the panel will come up with. I assure citizens of Lagos that we will not leave anything to chance.”
Commenting on the arrest of some youths that participated in a drive-through EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll Gate on Wednesday, October 20, Sanwo-Olu noted he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police, except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.
Recall that the state witnessed a wave of attacks following the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests last year, resulting in the destruction of public facilities.
List of 23 victims awarded N148.2m on last day as Lagos #EndSARS panel finally concludes sitting
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters held its final sitting after 131 proceedings on Monday, October 18.
On the last day, 23 deserving petitioners were awarded N148.2 million, Channels TV cited the panel's chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi, as stating.
The report indicates that a total of 70 victims were awarded N410 million by the panel.
EndSARS: Lady who was brutalized by police during protest awarded N750 at panel
In a related development, Legit.ng reported previously that a young lady was in a celebration mood as she finally got justice at the Lagos panel.
The Nigerian lady identified as Felicia Nkemakolam Opara said she had suffered police brutality at the last #EndSARS protest.
Felicia was, in addition to winning her case at the panel final ruling, awarded N750,000. An overjoyed lady appreciated everyone who prayed for her and described her victory as justice for all.