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The Lagos judicial panel recommends the dismissal of the soldiers, the police deployed in Lekki

On October 20, the Nigerian military shot people protesting police brutality at the Lekki Toll Gate, but the military continually denied involvement in the incident despite several reports from witnesses, including the hospitals they were taken to. the victims, which proved that there have been victims.

The Lagos State Judicial Inquiry Commission presented reports on the Lekki incident and police brutality cases to the state government on Monday.

On October 20, the Nigerian military shot people protesting police brutality at the Lekki Toll Gate, but the military continually denied involvement in the incident despite several reports from witnesses, including the hospitals they were taken to. the victims, which proved that there have been victims.

The panel concluded its session on October 18, 2021 and said the findings and recommendations would be presented to the state government.

Judge Okuwobi said 186 of the 252 petitions filed were approved.

According to an infographic published by the panel, the sum of N409.7 million was awarded to 70 signatories.

The panel in its report obtained by SaharaReporters also recommended disciplinary action to the lieutenant. Colonel SO Bello and Major General Godwin Umelo for failing to honor his summons in order to frustrate the investigation.

He added that all Nigerian army men who were deployed at the Lekki toll booth on 20 October 2020 should be subjected to appropriate disciplinary action, stripped of their status and fired.

“The panel recommends disciplinary action to the following officers (Lt. Col SO Bello and Major General Godwin Umelo), who refused to honor the panel’s call in order to thwart the investigation,” reads one part of the recommendation.

“All officers (excluding Major General Omata) and Nigerian army men who were deployed at the Lekki toll booth on 20 October 2020 should be subjected to appropriate disciplinary action, stripped of their status and fired as unsuitable and just to serve in any public or security service in the nation.

“The panel recommends that all arrested in the protest be given bail, prosecuted for any crime that may be charged to them, or if no prima facie evidence of guilt is revealed after due investigation, they should be released immediately.

“The panel recommends that the Nigerian military be discouraged from intervening in internal security.

Panel commends Reddington Hospital, Vedic Life Healthcare, Grandville Trauma Center, Victoria Island Consultancy, General Hospital Marina and Medical Services Hospitals, LASUTH, Doreen Hospital, Saint Nicholas Hospital Lagos Island, Avon Medical Practice Clinic, Britannia Hospital Lekki, First City Diagnosis Limited, Lekki, Budo Specialist Hospital Lekki, Saint Edward Specialist Hospital and Cardiac Center Lekki, Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic Lekki, Olive Multi-Specialist Hospital Lekki, Preston Hospital Lekki, Lagoon Hospital Ikoyi and all doctors and staff who have assisted the victims of gunshot wounds from the Lekki toll booth and treated them all for free. The panel recommends them for special awards from the state of Lagos and federal governments.

“The group recommends that the commitment made to hospitals by the state government of Lagos through the governor and the commissioner of health for the payment of hospital expenses of EndSARS protesters be respected.”

He further added that the divisional police officer from Maroko Police Station along with the police officers deployed from Maroko Station on 20 and 21 October 2020 should be prosecuted for arbitrary and indiscriminate shooting and killing of protesters.

Source: – SaharaReporters

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