Lagos Judicial Panel Report: US, Amnesty International, others Call for Action

United States Government, human rights groups, Amnesty International, have called for action on the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters, which revealed that at least nine persons were killed and 39 others injured at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020.

Despite calls, the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government have kept mute on the report, which was submitted to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday.

Recall that the panel, led by Justice Doris Okuwobi, recommended that all soldiers (excluding Major General Omata), who were deployed in the Lekki tollgate, be made to face appropriate disciplinary action, stripped of their ranks and dismissed as they were not fit and proper to serve in any public or security service of the nation.

Furthermore, the panel said the Divisional Police Officer of the Maroko Police Station, along with policemen deployed from Maroko Police Station on October 20 and 21, 2020, should be prosecuted for arbitrary, indiscriminate shooting and killing of protesters.

Speaking while responding to the report on Tuesday, the United States Mission to Nigeria, said it welcomed the final report by the panel, revealing that it awaits the response of both the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government.

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