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EndSARS Group: Sanwo-Olu establishes a four-member committee for the white paper report

The governor of the state of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday established a four-member committee headed by Lagos State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to present a White Paper on the reports submitted by the Judicial Investigation Commission on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuse and other issues.

Other committee members are; Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu; Special Advisor, Works and Infrastructure, Eng. (Ms) Aramide Adeyoye and the permanent secretary of the cabinet office, Ms. Tolani Oshodi.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the Committee will present a White Paper within the next two weeks that will be considered by the Lagos State Executive Council, pledging to make the reports and recommendations public and submitted to the National Economic Council (NEC) for discussion …

The governor formed the committee after receiving the two reports from the Lagos State Judiciary Committee of Inquiry into the Restitution for Victims of SARS-Related Abuses and Other Matters submitted to him at Lagos House, Ikeja by the chairman of the committee, Judge Doris Okuwobi ( retired) …

The two reports submitted by the group to the Lagos state government concern an investigation into petitions into several abuses and murders by the Nigerian police, notably the disbanded Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) and the October 20, 2020 shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS protests hijacked by thugs.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also reassured Nigerians, especially Lagos residents, that government action would be guided by law and in the public interest.

The Governor expressed hope that the Lagos state government’s decision on the relationship will bring complete healing, reconciliation and restitution.

“I will immediately form a four-member committee, which will be headed by the Attorney General, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, the Special Advisor for Works and Infrastructure and the Permanent Secretary, the Cabinet.

“The four of them will immediately review and submit a White Paper within the next two weeks which will be considered by the Lagos State Executive Council and will be published in the Gazette as a white paper from the investigative team.

“We will ensure that the recommendations that are coming out will be turned into a white paper and will be made available to the public. We will do it appropriately for history to judge us well and we will have a document that will stand the test of time. This is what the court law says, so that it is properly documented and posted in the gazette in government records, ”he said.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who stressed that the group operated independently, commended the members of the group led by Justice Okuwobi for their excellent work and also expressed appreciation to the Lagosians for their cooperation during the exercise, lasted almost a year.

Speaking earlier, Judge Okuwobi expressed deep appreciation to the Lagos state government and all interested parties who appeared before the group. He also thanked the group members for their unusual determination to carry out the assignment and good teamwork.

He said part of the panel’s recommendations is the establishment of a body to deal with human rights violations in Lagos.

Judge Okuwobi, who revealed that the panel awarded a total of N410 million to 70 victims of police brutality, said 235 petitions were received, including only 14 about the alleged Lekki Shooting incident.

“As much as the panel wished to accept all petitions, the ones that were not accepted by the panel were those that did not respect our rules, so in this report we have made recommendations for a body to deal with cases of human rights violations in the state of Lagos, ”he said.

It is recalled that on 19 October 2020, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated the judicial commission of inquiry to investigate alleged cases of brutality and human rights violations perpetrated by the police and agents of the disbanded special anti-robbery team (SARS).

The jury was also in charge of the investigation into the alleged shootings that took place on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki toll booth.

Source: – The Nation

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