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US Govt Reacts to Lagos Judicial Panel Report Indicting Nigerian Army, Police

The United States government has reacted after the Lagos State Panel for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters submitted its report yesterday.

Recall that the report indicted both the Nigerian Army and the police in the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, during End SARS protests.
The panel chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi (retired) submitted the report at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday.
Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the findings, recommendations and set up a four-member committee.
The team led by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), will come up with a White Paper in two weeks.
Sanwo-Olu promised that the state government’s action would be guided by the law and in the public interest.
In a statement on Tuesday, the US Mission in Nigeria said America awaits the response from President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and Lagos authorities.
The Embassy said official actions are part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the EndSARS protests and the events at the tollgate.
 
“Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces”, the statement reads.
 
“We look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”

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