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General News of Friday, 3 December 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

No law permits Governor Sanwo-Olu to override decisions of EndSARS panel – Ebun Adegboruwa

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu cannot issue a White Paper to overrule the decisions of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

Having released a communique titled ‘Comments On LASG White Papers On Endsars Panel Reports’, Adegboruwa stated that government cannot choose which decision of the Panel it would comply with, on the alleged ground that the soldiers/officers involved are outside its statutory control.

He said;

“Under and by virtue of section 15 of the Tribunal of Inquiry Law, upon conclusion of any inquiry, the Governor is only empowered to issue directive for the enforcement of any decision emanating from the inquiry.

“The Governor cannot issue a White Paper to overrule the decisions of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

“There is no provision in the Tribunals of Inquiry Law of Lagos State which permits the Governor to overrule decisions of the Panel conducted through open hearing.

“As stated earlier, the decisions of the Panel were self-executory and compensations were paid to victims upon the success of any Petition.

“It is improper for LASG to pick and choose which decision of the Panel it would comply with, on the alleged ground that the soldiers/officers involved are outside its statutory control, whereas the same LASG conveniently paid compensations awarded in respect of police brutality and the police are similarly outside its statutory control.”

"The government issued a white paper overlooking critical evidence that the panel considered and also misrepresented the findings and recommendations of the panel in many areas to suit its narrative, added that narratives that were skewed include a confirmation that soldiers shot at unarmed peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020."

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