By Adedapo Adesanya
The United Nations (UN) has named on the federal authorities to carry out the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution established up to investigate challenges surrounding the #EndSARS protests of 2020.
This contact was provided by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon in a assertion in Abuja on Wednesday, noting that the submission of the report of the panel was a welcome improvement.
“I welcome the submission to the Lagos Condition Governor, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of the stories of the judicial panel on claims of brutality and shooting in the Lekki spot of Lagos State, during the 2020 #EndSARS protests,” he claimed.
Mr Kallon pointed out that the submission of the results of the judicial panel would speed up the process of justice and accountability.
“I urge the governing administration to apply the suggestions of the judicial panel of inquiry to rebuild have confidence in and commence the approach of therapeutic and reconciliation,” he included.
On Monday, the panel, set up to look into the shootings at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, submitted its report to the Lagos Condition Govt.
However, a leaked edition of the report indicting the state government and the Nigerian Military was introduced on the Net, major to an uproar throughout social media.
In the report, the panel indicted soldiers and implicated Nigeria’s protection brokers in the killing and compelled disappearances of harmless and unarmed youths protesting at Lekki Tollgate on Oct 20, 2020.
The Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel manufactured the revelation in a 309-web page report submitted to Governor Sanwo-Olu, which observed that at minimum 48 protesters had been possibly shot lifeless or injured or assaulted.
Also, website page 294 of the report examine: “The atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters, even though sitting down on the ground and waving their Nigerian flags whilst singing the Countrywide Anthem can be equated to a ‘massacre’ in context.”
On web site 295: “It was alleged and corroborated that the soldiers had their vans parked at the Lekki Toll Gate and taken out as a lot of bodies and corpses of the fallen protesters which they took absent with their vans.”
According to the report, “the Nigerian Army was invited for intervention in the State and was deployed to Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th of October 2020.
“At the Lekki Toll Gate, officers of the Nigerian Army shot, wounded and killed unarmed helpless and defenceless protesters, without having provocation or justification, even though they had been waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the method of assault and killing could, in context, be explained as a massacre.
“The Panel also observed that the conduct of the Nigerian Military was exacerbated by its refusal to allow for ambulances render medical aid to victims who needed these types of support.
“The Army was also located not to have adhered to its own Rules of Engagement.
“The Panel identified that the Nigerian Police Drive deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night time of the 20th Oct 2020 and between that night and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its officer shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and fatalities.
“The police officers also attempted to address up their steps by buying up bullets.
“The panel located that LCC hampered the panel’s investigation by refusing to switch around some handy and crucial information/proof as requested by the Panel and the Forensic Qualified engaged by the panel, even exactly where this sort of information and proof was by the company’s admission, available.
“It manipulated the incomplete CCTV Video footage of the Lekki Toll Gate on the night time of the 20th of October 2020, which it tendered prior to the Panel.
“The Panel uncovered that there was an invitation of the Nigerian Military to Lagos Condition manufactured by the Lagos State Government by way of the Governor right before the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army deployed its troopers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th of October.
“The Panel found that there was an attempt to cover up the Incident of the 20th of October by the cleaning of the Lekki Toll Gate and the failure to preserve the scene ahead of potential investigations.”
In its recommendations, the panel recommended numerous sums of payment to victims of the Lekki Toll Gate Incident, which should be expeditious in purchase to accelerate the healing approach.
It also advised that any info that could have been created over the a long time on the impunity of the Police throughout Nigeria be examined and deployed as early warning signs (EWS) system.
Other individuals contain sanctioning of the officers of the Nigerian Military and the Nigerian Police Drive respectively who participated in the capturing, injuring and killing of unarmed protestors at the Lekki Toll Gate on the 20 and 21st of October 2020 Progress of much more robust engagement in between the Youth and the Governing administration Setting up of a Standing Committee/Tribunal to offer with scenarios of Violation of Human Rights by stability companies and a believe in fund to settle compensation awarded by this sort of committee/tribunal, amongst other people.