- The controversy caused by doubts of the authenticity of the Lagos judicial panel report on #ENDSARS and police brutality might be seeing its end
- The state government has publicly published the reports submitted by members of the panel led by Doris Okwobi, a retired chief justice of Lagos state
- Many Nigerians have also been asked to either view or download details of the report from the website of the Lagos state ministry of justice
The Lagos state government has released online versions of the police brutality and #ENDSARS report which was submitted by the judicial panel of inquiry led by a retired chief justice of Lagos, Doris Okuwobi.
Vanguard reports that the attorney general and commissioner for justice, Lagos state, Moyosore Onigbanjo, in a statement said the reports have now been made public.
Onigbanjo said the reports that were submitted can be accessed and downloaded by the general public from the website of the Lagos state ministry of justice (https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/)
The attorney general of Lagos state said:
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“Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice through email@example.com."
The Punch reports that a senior advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, had said that it would be illegal to review the report of the Lagos judicial panel on police brutality.
Falana said the setting up of a committee by the Lagos state government to review the report has no legal backing.
The human rights lawyer and activist also said that the Lagos state government or the governor lacked the competence to edit, modify, alter or reject the report of the panel.
How to access the Lagos panel report
A check by Legit.ng on the ministry of justice's website showed that two reports were published by the ministry in December 2021.
Of the two reports, one was titled; Lagos state Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters: Report of Lekki Incident Investigation of 20th October 2020.
The other report was titled; Lagos state Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters: Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality Cases 10th October 2021.
It was also noticed that both reports had stamps showing that the uploaded documents are signed and certified true copies dated Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
FG debunks claims of a massacre at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020
The minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, said the federal government totally rejects the claim that soldiers and police officers killed innocent Nigerians at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
Mohammed also said that there was no massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate as widely reported or stated in the report.
Governor Sanwo-Olu reacts to the submission of the report by the panel
Also, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had 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 would need to set up a four-member committee.
The committee, the governor said would be led by the Lagos state attorney-general and commissioner for justice.