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US Govt Asks FG, Lagos Govt To Address Police Abuses In #EndSARS Judicial Panel Report

The United States government has asked the Federal and Lagos State governments to take action on the recently submitted report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry which looked into allegations of police brutality in the state.

The US in a statement Information Specialist, Public Affairs Section of the US General Consulate, Lagos, Temitayo Famutimi, said it expects the FG and Lagos government to address the alleged abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and events that took place at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

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It further noted that the response of the Lagos State government should also consider the grievances of the victims and their families, noting that such response denotes accountability for events relating to the #EndSARS protests.

The statement reads: “The United States welcomes the conclusion of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry with the transmission of its final report.

“We look forward to the Lagos State government’s response as part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the #EndSARS protests and the events that took place near the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

“Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces, and we look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”

It will be recalled that while receiving the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Monday, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, constituted a four-member committee led by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to raise a White Paper on the reports of the panel within two weeks.

The panel led by Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd.) was constituted on October 19, 2020, by Sanwo-Olu to look into allegations of police brutality.

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