The Presidency has stated that states’ judicial panels on police brutality and extrajudicial killings gained’t submit their reviews to the Federal Government.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, made this identified on a Channels Television’s programme monitored by Punch.
The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and different issues had on Monday, November 15, 2021, submitted a 309-page report back to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In the leaked report, Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel famous that at the least 9 individuals have been confirmed useless on the Lekki toll plaza when troopers stormed the tollgate to disperse EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020.
“The atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters while sitting on the floor and waving their Nigerian flags and while singing the National Anthem can be equated to a massacre in context,” the report partly learn.
Sanwo-Olu, who obtained the report, constituted a Committee to deliver ahead a White Paper throughout the subsequent two weeks to be thought-about by the Lagos State Executive Council.
The submission of the Lagos judicial panel report coincided with the go to of United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, to Abuja, Nigeria, final week.
Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had informed Blinken that his regime would permit the system to exhaust itself, and would, subsequently, watch for pronouncements from state governments that arrange panels to probe police brutality within the nation.
Speaking on the tv programme right this moment, Adesina stated the reviews by the states’ panels gained’t be submitted to the Federal Government.
When requested whether or not the states would submit the reviews to the Federal Government, he stated, “Not to the Federal Government. Under the law, Federal Government has no power to en-panel a probe by the states.
“What would happen is that when the state comes up with pronouncements on that panel reports, that would then be of interest to the Federal Government; it is not as if they would bring it to the Federal Government.”
Adesina stated the Federal Government would then look into areas of curiosity within the report and tackle the areas.
The presidential spokesman stated Nigerians ought to be reminded that 36 policemen have been killed across the nation in the course of the EndSARS protests final yr and the perpetrators ought to be held accountable.
He additionally stated America has its fair proportion of police brutality, including that it was not only a Nigerian factor however a world phenomenon.