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End SARS report: Sanwo-Olu takes action, panel chairman reveals recommendation

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday set up a four-member committee on the End SARS panel report.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) will lead the team to generate a White Paper on the Inquiry on Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters.

Members are Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Segun Dawodu; Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye; and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Tolani Oshodi.

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The White Paper, to be submitted in two weeks, will be considered by the Lagos State Executive Council.

The governor promised that the reports and recommendations will be made public and submitted to the National Economic Council (NEC) for discussion.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, after the panel chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi (retired) submitted the report.

The panel looked into petitions on abuses and killings by the Police, especially the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the October 20, 2020 Lekki Toll Gate shooting by the Army.

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Sanwo-Olu reassured Nigerians that the state government’s action would be guided by the law and in the public interest.

“We will ensure that the recommendations coming out will be turned into a white paper and would be made available to the public.

“We will do it appropriately so that history will judge us well and we will have a document that will stand the test of time.

“That is what the tribunal law says so that it will be properly documented and gazetted in government’s records,” he said.

Justice Okuwobi thanked panel members for their uncommon resolve to bring closure to the assignment and good teamwork.

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She disclosed that one of the major recommendations is the establishment of a body “to take over human rights abuses in Lagos”.

Justice Okuwobi said a total of N410 million was awarded to 70 victims of police brutality; 235 petitions were received with only 14 relating to the Lekki deadly shooting.

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