EndSARS: Implement Panel Reports, Prosecute Indicted Police, Military Officers, Falana Tells Tinubu

EndSARS: Implement Panel Reports, Prosecute Indicted Police, Military Officers, Falana Tells Tinubu

  • Nigerians are urged to call for the enforcement of the conclusions reached by the #EndSARS judicial panel
  • During a recent interview, Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria and a human rights activist, made this call
  • According to Falana, the investigations conducted by a team revealed that more than 100 people lost their lives

Nigerians whose families suffered losses and casualties during the 2020 #EndSARS protest have been urged to demand from the administration of President Bola Tinubu to implement the report of the panel of inquiry.

Human rights attorney Femi Falana (SAN) gave this charge in a recent interview with Sahara TV commemorating the October 20th EndSARS tragedy at the Lekki Tollgate and elsewhere in the country.

Tinubu, Falana, EndSARS
Nigerians have been told to ask President Bola Tinubu's administration to implement the EndSARS Panel of Inquiry's report. Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Femi Falana
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Falana emphasized that the EndSARS movement had awakened both the young and old in Nigeria to report police brutality on social media, which resulted in the prosecution of certain police officers.

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Over 100 individuals died in EndSARS attack - Falana

The human rights advocate expressed regret over the massive loss of life among young Nigerians on October 20, 2020, asserting that security agencies had misled former President Muhammadu Buhari into believing that EndSARS was a plot to overthrow him.

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Providing historical context on the issue of police brutality in Nigeria, Falana pointed out that the colonial-era police, established by colonialists and retained by indigenous rulers, were used to suppress the agitation of the population, collect taxes, and extort money from the people.

Furthermore, Falana disclosed that an investigative team determined that no fewer than 100 individuals died in Lagos during the attack.

He also called for establishing human rights offices in all states, as it was one of the governors' resolutions to end police brutality within their jurisdictions.

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Amnesty International has reported that many #EndSARS demonstrators remain incarcerated in Lagos prisons.

The human rights organization has urged Nigerian authorities to free these detainees while alleging that the police have acted oppressively.

The government had previously disbanded the SARS unit and established investigative panels to address the numerous officer misconduct claims.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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