Lekki Panel Report: Aide Reveals When Lai Mohammed Will Respond

Lekki Panel Report: Aide Reveals When Lai Mohammed Will Respond

  • Nigerians await a response from the minister of information, culture and tourism on the report of the Lagos state judicial panel
  • It has been noted that Lai Mohammed would make his response on the report known once he gets back to the country from his trip to Paris, France
  • This was made known to Nigerians by the minister's special assistant on media, Segun Adeyemi on Thursday, November 18

An aide to the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, has said his principal would soon respond to the recent submission of the report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.

Segun Adeyemi, the special assistant to the minister on media said that Mohammed is currently out of the country and to make the federal government's stance on the report known once he returns.

Lekki Panel Report: Aide Reveals When Lai Mohammed Will Respond
Lai Mohammed is currently out of the country on a trip to Paris, France. Photo credit: Kola Sulaimon/AFP
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Punch reports that Adeyemi made this known in a text message while reacting to inquiry on the minister's reaction on the panel's report indicting the military, police and other government bodies.

He said in the text:

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“We are out of the country (Nigeria) on assignment. Expect our response shortly."

Although Adeyemi did not disclose when exactly the minister would be returning to Nigeria, the ministry had issued a statement commending the United States government for removing Nigeria from the religious freedom blacklist.

A sign-off on the statement received by Legit.ng showed that it emanated from Paris, France and was sent out by Adeyemi to journalists.

Describing the decision by the US government as fair and just, the minister reiterated that when Nigeria was put on the list last year, the country was not engaging in any form of religious freedom violations or had policies of religious persecution.

Adeyemi in the statement said Mohammed noted that Nigeria jealously protects religious freedom as enshrined in the country’s constitution and takes seriously any infringements in that regard.

Mohammed said:

''We will continue to ensure that every Nigerian has the freedom to practise his or her own chosen religion or belief without hindrance."

The minister also commended religious leaders across the country who have been working to ensure religious harmony.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the government of the United States of America had welcomed the submission of the panel's report to the Lagos state governor.

The US in a statement said it looks forward to a response by the Lagos state government on the new report and recommendations so far given by the panel.

According to the US, Lagos state government's response to the report is part of a process that represents an important mechanism for accountability with regards to the event that took place during the #ENDSARS protests.

Also, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that he had received the report of the Lagos panel of inquiry.

The governor while receiving the report commended the chairperson of the panel and the members for their service.

He also said that in order to ensure swift implementation of the recommendations made in the report, the state government has set up a four-member committee led by the Lagos state attorney-general and commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to raise a white paper.

Source: Legit.ng

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