October 22, (THEWILL) – Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pledged to make the Report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of Endsars public when received.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the 10th Meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Lagos, assured that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not.
He said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing recurrence of violence in the state.
The governor explained that the panel was set up to probe allegations of rights abuse against the police and determine the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos.
“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 recommendations”, he said.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.
He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.
He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.
The judicial panel, chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi, concluded its sittings on Monday, one year after it was constituted.
The members include retired DIG Taiwo Lakanu (Police), Lucas Koyejo (National Human Rights Commission), Segun Awosanya (Segalink) and Oluwatoyin Odusanya (Citizens Right).
Others are Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), Patience Udoh (Civil society), Rinuola Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi (Youths reps). Oduala stepped down in February, alleging “cover-up”.