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#EndSARS: Lagos govt releases While Paper, faults panel’s report on Lekki massacre claim, others

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#EndSARS: Lagos govt releases While Paper, faults panel’s report on Lekki massacre claim, others

The Lagos state government has criticized some parts of the report of the Judicial Investigative Panel, JPI, on the Investigation of the Lekki Incident on October 20, 2020.

In its White Paper on the JPI report on the investigation of the Lekki incident, the state government criticized the findings of the panel led by Judge Doris Okuwobi that nine people were shot dead at the Lekki toll gate.

According to the government’s White Paper, the report was full of discrepancies, irregularities, and inaccuracies with reports of victim deaths.

The government said it rejected the assertion of the JPI findings regarding the nine deaths at LTG on the basis of what it viewed as fundamental inconsistencies.

He said the report was rejected because the findings were not clearly and manifestly supported by evidence.

The government said evidence from pathologist Professor John Obafunwa had said that only three of the bodies they performed post-mortem examination were from Lekki and only one had a gunshot wound.

The state government said this was not discredited, so it was deemed credible, as the opposite was not presented to the panel.

The government, in its White Paper, further posited that, ” This finding of nine deaths at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20 was even more puzzling, because in addition to listing their names on that form on pages 297-298, the JPI offered no explanation about the circumstances of his death.

The names simply appeared on pages 297-298 of the report without any justification.

It is quite surprising that in the list of 11 deaths posted on pages 297-298, two of the names appeared twice (Kolade Salam, Folorunsho Olabisi as Nos. 37 and 38).

Also, the person listed as No. 46 Nathaniel Solomon, who testified as a witness and filed a petition with the JPI regarding his brother, who was allegedly passed away at LTG, himself listed as dead at LTG on October 20, 2020.

“Surprisingly, Nathaniel Solomon’s (Abata Soloma) deceased brother was also listed at number 2 on the list of people who died at LTG.

” LTG’s only gunshot wound victim was arrested at 7:43 a.m., October 21, 2020, after the curfew began (see page 99). Also, there was no evidence on who shot him, ”the government said.

The state government, in the White Paper, further noted that another substantial inconsistency in the JPI Report was the award of compensation to only one of the nine alleged, listed as “deceased.”

According to the government, this shows that the Judicial Investigation Panel (JPI) has doubts about the deaths of eight other supposedly deceased people on its list.

”The JPI also surprisingly awarded the sum of N10 million to a Serah Ibrahim (listed at number 14 on page 304 of the report). Serah Ibrahim was neither a petitioner nor a claimant before the JPI.

”On page 179 of the report, Serah Ibrahim testified under oath that she had no petition before the Panel; he also had no claims for compensation.

”This award to Serah Ibrahim is also contrary to the provisions of Section 13 of the Court of Investigation Act of 2015 (Cap. T6 Lagos State Law), which prescribes that only witnesses summoned by a Court of Investigation have the right to pay witness fees with the consent of the Attorney General. Serah Ibrahim did not testify at the request or subpoena of the Court, “he said.

In some other recommendations, the Lagos state government said that it has no control over the internal affairs of the Nigerian police force, adding that therefore the recommendation would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities, namely the federal government. of Nigeria, the National Economic Council, Police Service Commission and the Nigerian Police Force.

He also said that he would establish a separate state helpline for human rights abuses, in addition to the existing free emergency helplines (767 and 112), ensuring that the recommendation would also be sent to the National Economic Council.

In the other report bordering on police brutality, the government said that of the 22 recommendations, it would only accept four and send 18 recommendations to the Federal Government.

He added that of the 18, three recommendations overlapped, which he had also accepted.

However, the government said it lacked the powers to investigate and fish for police officers as recommended by JPI on pages 249-254 of the report.

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