The judicial panel of inquiry into the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Lagos on October 20, 2020 has submitted its findings to the Lagos State government.
The submission was on October 15, Monday at a bried ceremony hosted by the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his office.
The panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi handled so many petitions including those on police brutality, outside the Lekki incident and made recommendations.
It had awarded a total of N148.2 million as compensation to 23 victims of police brutality in Lagos who brought petitions before it.
At the submission of the report, the panel said it is left to the government to announce the conclusions reached and implement them and that it would not be proper for the same state that set up the body and also appeared before it to subject the findings to further inquest.
According to a Punch Newspaper report, a member of the panel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, said the report examined the Lekki tollgate shooting, cases of police brutality, and the need for compensation of some victims.
He said, “True to his word, the governor of Lagos State granted total independence to the Panel, as we worked according to our conscience and based upon our common convictions.
“Specifically for the Lekki Toll Gate investigation, we set up certain crucial issues for determination, as to whether:
“There was any protest at the Lekki Toll Gate, the nature of the protest, the presence and mission of soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate, whether blank or live bullets were shot by the soldiers, whether there was any death and if so, the numbers involved, whether there was any massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, and if so, what evidence is available in proof thereof, whether the police were at the Lekki Toll Gate and if so, whether they shot and killed the protesters, etc.
“The panel answered these questions truthfully, frankly and courageously, based on the evidence led before it.”
The lawyer threatened to make the outcome of the report public if the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, fails to do so.
He said, “Although I have my own copy of the report of the Panel, I will trust His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State to fulfill his promise to Nigerians to make the findings and recommendations of the Panel public. That is the only way to build a true nation and avoid a repeat of the atrocious acts of security agencies against our people, especially the youths, the vulnerable, and the helpless.”