While the final report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution is expected, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has stated that the government will make the findings fully available to the public.
The State Government, according to Sanwo-Olu, would not try to hide the panel’s conclusions, whether they are favorable or not. The Governor stated that the panel report would aid in the building of true reconciliation and the prevention of recurrence of violence in the state.
On Thursday, Sanwo-Olu spoke on the difficult process of rebuilding the state, one year after a wave of terrorist assaults erupted in response to EndSARS rallies in Lagos. Following the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the demonstration, arsonists set fire to public transportation infrastructure, court buildings, police stations, private properties, and iconic assets in Lagos on October 21, 2020.
The EndAARS panel, according to Gov. Sanwo-Olu, was established to investigate claims of police abuse of human rights and to find the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos, and that the panel’s final findings will be completely implemented.
“The panel concluded its sittings about three days ago and has asked for time to put the reports together behind closed doors. We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public. We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our Government stands for. We will make full disclosure of whatever recommendations that the panel will come up with. I assure citizens of Lagos that we will not leave anything to chance.” Governor Sanwo-Olu said
The Governor also addressed the arrest of some young people who took part in a drive-through EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Tollgate on Wednesday, revealing that he had ordered their unconditional release, with the exception of one person who was captured with hazardous weapons at the site.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we saw a protest in Lagos and everybody that was arrested in connection with the protest have all been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons and who confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem,” the Governor said