EndSARS Reports Won’t Be Submitted To FG
The Spokesman and special adviser on media, publicity to Nigeria’s presidency, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that the reports by states’ judicial panels on police brutality and extra-judicial killings won’t be submitted to the federal government. ayokinews.com reports
Adesina made this known when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television program.
On November 15, 2021, the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other issues, submitted its 309-page report to the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The leaked report which was documented by Justice Doris Okuwobi’s led panel confirmed the death of at least nine (9) persons at the Lekki Toll Gate, during the last #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020.
Receiving the panel report was the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who immediately constituted a committee to bring forward a white paper within a two-week space.
Speaking on Channels Television, Adesina, who was asked whether the states’ would submit their judicial panel’s report to the federal government, said, “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 explained that the federal government would then look at the area of interest in the report and address them accordingly.
“What would happen is that when the states come up with pronouncements on that panel report, that would then be of interest to the Federal Government.
“Definitely, when the reports come out, the ones that are Federal in nature will be considered. There are some things that would be Federal in Nature, the Federal Government would tackle that but things they are stated in Nature, the State government will handle.
“There is an Attorney General of the Federation who will advise and the needful would be done.”