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#EndSARS: Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 8-man Judicial panel to investigate SARS brutality (photos)

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, on Monday October 19, inaugurated an eight man panel of inquiry to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violation committed by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS in the state.

 

#EndSARS:  Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 8-man Judicial panel to investigate SARS brutality (photos)

 

The panel which is headed by Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi will sit for six months and is mandated to investigate all verifiable claims of abuses and fatalities arising from SARS activities in the state with the objective of getting erring officers punished and bringing compensation to victims.

 

Other members of the panel will include Ebun Adegboruwa SAN, a human rights activist who will be representing the civil society, Taiwo Lakani who is a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Miss Patience Udoh who is also to represent the civil society in the panel, EndSARS campaigner, Segun Awosanya aka Segalinks and Mrs. Toyin Odusanya, a director in the Lagos Citizen Mediator Center.

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#EndSARS:  Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 8-man Judicial panel to investigate SARS brutality (photos)

 

Segalinks was however not able to make the swearing-in as he was held up by traffic.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the youths in the state were yet to send in two nominees who would represent them in the panel of inquiry.

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#EndSARS:  Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 8-man Judicial panel to investigate SARS brutality (photos)

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The panel’s assignment includes

-To listen & take evidence from all victims or the families of victims of SARS abuse within Lagos State (Like a Truth and Reconciliation Committee did in some countries) this would enable all victims and their families air and vent their grievances in public.

-The Judicial Panel after listening to victims or their families would then determine whether any victim or the dependents of such victims are entitled to compensation and the amount of compensation

-Upon determining the compensation payable the Judicial Panel is to immediately issue a cheque in favor of the victim or their dependents.

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-The Judicial Panel is also to determine the officers (or anyone for that matter) responsible for abusing any victim and to recommend the prosecution of such persons

-The Judicial Panel shall also have powers to make recommendations to the Government on how to ensure that the Police and all security agencies never abuse the rights of citizens again.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the panel’s email is judicialpanelonsars@lagosstate.gov.ng while it’s telephone numbers are 0901 051 3203, 0901 051 3204 and 0901 051 3205.

 

#EndSARS:  Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 8-man Judicial panel to investigate SARS brutality (photos)

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Northern Governors are not against disbandment of SARS – Governor Lalong

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Governor Simon Lalong has made a clarification on the stance of Northern Governors on the disbandment of controversial police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

 

Lalong who is the chairman of Northern Governors Forum on Wednesday November 18, said they are not against the scrapping of SARS contrary to some misconceptions in some quarters.

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He said;

 

“The Northern Governors Forum is not against the disbandment of SARS as misconstrued in some quarters. We rather caution against the blanket condemnation of the police that can erode the confidence and zeal of the hardworking and honest ones in performing their duties of protecting lives and properties.”

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Reiterating the region’s commitment in tackling the several challenges facing the region, Lalong said the forum will collaborate with Federal Government and security agencies to address the issues of banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, and other criminal activities.

 

He added;

 

“We must tackle the current challenges of insecurity in the region which is dominated by insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, rape, child abuse and trafficking and other conflicts.

“We shall continue to work with the Federal Government and security agencies to tackle crime and criminality. That is why we have supported a comprehensive reform of police architecture in the country.”

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CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

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CNN has released its findings from an independent investigation carried out on the October 20 shooting incident at the Lekki tollgate.

CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

CNN shared footage of what appears to be soldiers shooting at the #EndSARS protesters who had gathered at the tollgate to press home their demands to end SARS as well as end police brutality.

CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

CNN in its investigation spoke with a man, Elisha Sunday, whose brother, Victor, was killed during the October 20th shooting incident.

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CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

The media house also spoke with some of the protesters who were at the scene when the shooting occurred. They claim the soldiers indeed fired shots at them.

 

The media house also tracked the bullets shells seen at the Toll Gate and the companies that supplied the Nigerian Army Weapons since 2005

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Recall Nigeria drew global attention when military men stormed the Lekki toll plaza where #EndSARS protesters gathered and fired gunshots.

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Shortly after the incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu in a press conference stated that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military. On October 26, the governor granted an interview to CNN where he stated that only two deaths were recorded from the incident. He added that he visited the scene the next day and couldn’t find bloodstains.

 

On the day of the incident, the Nigerian Army took to its Twitter handle to deny claims its personnel was at the scene of the incident.

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CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

On October 27, the Army broke its silence and alleged that the Lagos state governor invited them to help quell the violence that erupted after the protest was hijacked by hoodlums. Read here.

 

Watch the video from CNN’s independent investigation below

 

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Recent violence has set Lagos economy back by tens of billions of Naira – Governor Sanwo-Olu says

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Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the widespread carnage witnessed in the state after the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums, has caused the state economy to lose billions of naira.

 

The governor stated this at the launch of the Rebuild Lagos consultative forum which held on Monday November 16. According to Sanwo Olu, the violence is the most widespread carnage Lagos has seen in decades and the level of destruction is worrisome.

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“The violence has no doubt set our economy back by tens of billions of Naira and impacted our confidence. Beyond the physical and economic impact, there has also been the psychological damage; the fear, the terror, the helplessness that all of the victims have felt, the questions about how or where do we start from?

Every aspect of life and livelihood in Lagos was affected – government buildings offices, public monuments, and historical archives, public infrastructure like our BRT buses, and, very sadly too, private property and investments – malls, shops, small businesses, residences and many more,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said

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