- The reaction of the federal government over the Lagos state judicial panel report has caused a frenzy in the ecosystem.
- Lai Mohammed had announced that the FG rejects the report by the Lagos panel led by a retired judge of Lagos High Court
- However, Amnesty International said there is a need for FG to liaise with states to clarify some concerns in the report rather than rubbishing it
Abuja - Amnesty International on Wednesday, November 24, said that the reaction of the federal government over the report of the Lagos judicial panel inquiry on police brutality and the Lekki Toll Gate incident was expected.
Osai Ojigho, the country director for AI said the organisation is not surprised that the Nigerian government denied that there was no killing of innocent citizens at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
The Punch reports that Ojigho urged the FG to ensure the evidence provided in the report is verified before dismissing the document in its entirety.
She called for an investigation into the whole #EndSARS protest and police brutality across the country and not just the Lekki Toll Gate incident.
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Vanguard also reports that Ojigho called on the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, to work towards ensuring that the FG and the state government collaborate to clarify or check information with regards to the panel’s work.
“That would have been an ideal step; and to allow the state government to carry out its task in this regard.
FG denies allegation of a massacre at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020
Legit.ng had previously reported that Mohammed after his trip to Paris, France had reacted to the report of the Lagos state judicial panel on police brutality.
The minister the FG rejects the content of the Lagos state judicial panel report in its entirety.
He said there is nothing in the report that is circulating to make the Nigerian government change its stand on the incident that was said to have occurred at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
Three major reasons FG rejected Lagos panel report
Also, Mohammed had listed three major reasons the FG rejected the Lagos panel report submitted to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
According to Mohammed, an indictment of murder is serious and cannot be relied upon without substantial evidence as seen in the activities and report of the Lagos panel.
He also stated that the authenticity of the report is in doubt because the instances available to the public shows it cannot be relied upon.