FG has affirmed that the established states’ judicial panels on police brutality and extrajudicial killings won’t submit their findings to the Federal Government.
Femi Adesina, who is the presidential spokesman made this known on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ program.
Remember that the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters had on Monday, submitted report of their findings to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In the report that leaked online , Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel noted that more then 10 persons were confirmed dead at the Lekki toll plaza when soldiers stormed the tollgate to disperse protesters on October 20, 2020.
The article stated “The careless 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 by Nigerian Army can be attributed to a massacre in context,” the report partly read.
The Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu, who received the report, established a Committee to bring forward a White Paper within the next two weeks to be considered by the Lagos State Executive Council.
President Buhari had earlier made it known to Blinken that his regime would allow the system set up to investigate the judicial killings exhust itself, and would, therefore, wait for pronouncements from state governments that set up panels to probe police brutality in the country.
During the television promgram presidential spokesman, Adesina said the reports by the states’ panels won’t be submitted to the Federal Government.
When he was asked if the findings from the penel will be given to federal Government. He said no, 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 said the FG would then look into some areas of interest in the report and address the areas.
The presidential spokesman, Adesina also reminded Nigeria that not only was the innocent citizens killed but also 35 police offers lost their lives during the period.
He ended by saying that American also had problem of police brutality, that is not only in Nigeria, that it’s a global issue.