Following the submission of reports by the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry on the October 20, 2021 #EndSARS shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has set up a four-member panel to raise a white paper on the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters.
The panel will be headed by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), with members listed as Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Segun Dawodu; Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye; and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Tolani Oshodi.
The panel is expected to submit its report within two weeks.
The judicial panel earlier set-up, submitted its report to the governor on Monday, November 15, 2021, over one year after it was set up to investigate public allegations against the notorious now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
The panel investigated SARS related abuses, restitution for victims of police brutality and the October 20, 2020 shooting of young, unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate.
According to multiple reports, Chairperson of the panel, the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, submitted two reports to the governor who promised that it would lead to reconciliation and restitution.
Addressing the new panel, Governor Sanwo-Olu stated as follows:
“We will ensure that the recommendations that are coming out that 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.”