Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has reminded Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Federal Government that the judicial panel report on the #EndSARS incidence cannot be rejected.
“Upon the conclusion of the assignment last week, the commission submitted ‘a full report in writing of its proceedings, findings and recommendations, records, opinions, and reasons leading to its conclusions’ in line with Section 15(1) of the Law,” Mr Falana said in a speech when some leaders of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights visited him in Lagos on Thursday.
“Thereafter, the governor set up a four-member committee of cabinet members headed by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), to advise him with respect to the position of the government which will be contained in a white paper.
“We are not unaware of the purported rejection of the report of the commission by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, and the pressure on the White Paper Committee by some anti-democratic forces to advise the governor to jettison the findings and recommendations of the commission.”
Mr Falana further stated that the minister of communication and culture must be held accountable for his actions during the #EndSARS campaign in October 2020.
“The Federal Government lacks the legal competence to reject the report of a panel of enquiry duly constituted by the Lagos State Government. Therefore, Governor Sanwo-Olu should not hesitate to reject the gratuitous call for the rejection of the report of the Lagos Judicial Commission by Mr Lai Mohammed,” he concluded.