Published by Olugbenga Ige on 17 November 2021
The United Nations has reacted to the report submitted by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.
Naija News reports that the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel had on Monday submitted its report to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The report of the panel disclosed that not less than eleven people were killed at the Lekki tollgate incident, adding that at least 48 protesters were either shot dead, injured with bullet wounds, or assaulted by soldiers.
In a statement on Tuesday by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon welcomed the submission of the #EndSARS report.
Kallon asked the government to immediately implement the judicial panel’s recommendations to accelerate the process of justice and accountability.
He added that the implementation of the findings would help rebuild trust and start the process of healing and reconciliation.
Kallon said, “I welcome the submission to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of the reports of the judicial panel on claims of brutality and shooting in the Lekki area of Lagos State during the 2020 #EndSARS protests.
“I urge the government to implement the recommendations of the judicial panel of inquiry to rebuild trust and start the process of healing and reconciliation.”
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on several occasions after the Lekki Toll Gate shootings of October 20, 2020, insisted that no life was lost, and even demanded apologies from persons and organizations with reports on loss of lives during the incident.
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