A judicial panel probing allegations of police brutality in Lagos State


A judicial panel probing allegations of police brutality in Lagos State has submitted its findings to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

In the findings one of the reports was on the shooting in the Lekki area of Lagos State during last year’s EndSARS protests which the Nigerian army denied shooting at protesters, telling the judicial panel that only blanks were used and the blanks when propelled at high velocity can cause injury or death at close range.

The other was claims of police brutality which started with a movement to end a SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) and
a police unit accused of extortion, torture, and illicit killings in which the  movement became a bigger altercation against bad governance.

Last month, activists and protesting youths held memorial protests in Lagos and in Abuja under heavy police watch.

Justice Doris Okuwobi, who headed the panel, said that it considered 186 petitions out of the 252 it received but the governor’s office did not reveal the contents of the report.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state promised a “proper response” to the recommendations of the panel.

Sanwo-Olu said “this process will help us start the very difficult process of proper reconciliation, restitution, bringing together of anyone… affected,”

He also adding that a “white paper” would be published within the next two weeks.

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