While the official report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution is expected, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has stated that the government will make the findings fully available to the public once it is released.
The State Government, according to Sanwo-Olu, would not try to hide the panel’s recommendations, whether they are favorable or not. The Governor stated that the report of the panel would aid in the strengthening of true reconciliation and the prevention of recurrence of violence in the state.
After the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the demonstration, arsonists set fire to public transportation infrastructure, court buildings, police stations, private properties, and iconic assets in Lagos on October 21, 2020.
The panel, according to Gov. Sanwo-Olu, was formed to investigate claims of police abuse of human rights and to establish the origin of a coordinated attack.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The panel concluded its sittings about three days ago and has asked for time to put the reports together behind closed doors. 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 whatever recommendations that the panel will come up with. I assure citizens of Lagos that we will not leave anything to chance.”
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we saw a protest in Lagos and everybody that was arrested in connection with the protest have all been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons and who confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem,”
“It is exactly a year ago today when Lagos was hit by violence in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests. Lagos witnessed massive destruction of infrastructure, iconic buildings, transport infrastructure, police station and others.
“Today being a year after the event, there is no better time to say how difficult it has been for us as a State and how committed it has been for us. As tough as it is, the Government will certainly not shy away from its responsibility. We see the incident as a challenge and we will fix it with everything that we have.”