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Lagos Govt Rejects #EndSars Panel Report of 9 Deaths At Lekki Tollgate

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Ebun Francis/ Citing inconsistencies in the report, the Lagos government on Tuesday while releasing the white paper on the report submitted by the judicial panel set up to probe cases of police brutality in the state, rejected the panel’s conclusion that nine people were killed at the Lekki tollgate.

 

Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos commissioner for information, who made the disclosure in a statement ,

said details in the document are insufficient to hold that the victims listed in the report were killed at the Lekki tollgate.

 

The statement further stated that not all the recommendations in the report would be accepted.

 

“Lagos State Government accepts 11 out of the 32 recommendations made by the JPI in its report of 15th November 2021, rejected one (1) and accepted 6 (six) with modifications,” the document reads.

 

“Fourteen (14) recommendations fall outside the powers of Lagos State Government and will be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration.”

 

On the deaths recorded in the judicial panel report, the white-paper committee said the details in the document are insufficient to hold that the victims listed in the panel’s report were killed at the Lekki tollgate.

 

“This finding of nine (9) deaths at LTG on 20 October is even more baffling because apart from listing out their names in that form at pages 297-298, the JPI offered no explanation regarding circumstances of their death. The names simply sprang up at pages 297-298 of the report without any justification,” the committee said.

On the basis of the above fundamental inconsistencies in the findings the JPI regarding the nine (9) deaths at LTG and particularly because the findings are clearly and mainly not supported by evidence before the JPI as attested to by the JPI itself, when it said there was no contrary evidence to that of Prof. Obafunwa that only one person died at LTG of gunshot wounds at LTG on 20th October 2020, the Government is therefore unable to accept the finding that nine people died of gunshot wounds at LTG on 20th October 2020.”

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said his government was committed to justice and truth as it relates to the report of the state’s #EndSARS panel.

 

Commenting on the leaked version of the report which indicted the Nigerian Army and the Lagos state government in the killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and a subsequent cover-up, Sanwo-Olu, said the leakage was “regrettable”.

 

“While I commend the panel for undertaking its task to the best of its abilities, it is however regrettable that the panel’s work and the leakage of an unauthorized version of the report have generated much tension. Sadly, a deep wound has been reopened,” he said.

The heated exchanges among various shades of opinion on the report have unfortunately put us all at the risk of missing the larger picture; the fact that what we all seek in common is a land in which we are all safe and secure, law enforcement agents are trusted, and justice is guaranteed for all.

 

“As I have stated earlier, we have no intention to engage in histrionics or further inflame passion on a matter that has generated intense interest and controversy nationally and internationally. Our decisions and actions will be based entirely on the law, the weight of evidence, and an unblemished respect for the truth.”

 

 

 

 

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