- The recent report of the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry has caused some stir both locally and internationally
- The US government in a statement on Tuesday, November 16, said it welcomes the conclusion of the panel of inquiry
- According to the US, it looks forward to a response by the Lagos state government on the new report and recommendations so far given by the panel
The United States of America on Tuesday, November 16, said it welcomes the conclusion of the Lagos state judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality and Lekki Toll Gate incident.
The US in a statement received by Legit.ng said it looks forward to the response of the Lagos state government on the report.
It said that the state government's response is part of a process that represents an important mechanism for accountability with regards to the event that took place during the #ENDSARS protests and the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
The statement said:
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"Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces, and we look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families."
Panel submits report to Governor Sanwo-Olu
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Lagos Panel of Inquiry led by a retired justice, Doris Okuwobi, had submitted its report to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The report was submitted to Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos state governor's lodge on Monday, November 15 causing a blend of stir and jubilation across various quarters in Nigeria and the world in general.
Receiving the report, the Lagos state governor constituted a committee to review the report and come up with a white paper on the recommendations made by the panel.
The submission of the report comes one month after the panel completed its one-year-long sittings to investigate cases of security brutality against residents.
SARS and responsibilities of the Lagos judicial panel
The panel throughout its sittings, succeeded in awarding compensations to victims of police brutality, usually perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit.
SARS is an investigative team of police officers under the office of the IGP.
The team had over years deviated from their sole responsibility of curbing crime in the country to brutalising and profiling citizens especially young Nigerians who own laptops, drive cars and dress wealthy.
The panel was initially saddled with five responsibilities which was expanded to 12 after the incident which took place at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.