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General News of Friday, 19 November 2021

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There are documents to defend EndSARS panel report

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

One of the members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has said there are documents to defend the report submitted by the panel to the state government.

The report was submitted to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday, November 15, after a year of sitting by the panel members.

In the report, it is stated that 11 people were killed at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos by security operatives on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

However, days after it was submitted, counsel for the Lagos State Government, Abiodun Owonikoko, stated that the report contains at least 40 discrepancies. This is as he questioned the integrity of the panel members.

“The mistake made by the government was not setting up an entirely different panel to look into the Lekki incident because there are some members of the panel that are protagonists in the case against the Police. They were not supposed to be a part of it,” Owonikoko told Arise TV.

Adegboruwa, in a statement personally signed and titled, ‘EndSARS Panel: I Acted On The Mandate Of The Governor,’ said it is uncharitable for the government to be talking about discrepancies.

He urged the state government to focus on the recommendations in the report instead of seeking to demonise panel members or to evade responsibility.

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