DRAMA As FG Dismisses The Submitted Report Of The ENDSARS Lagos Judicial Panel, Calls It Fake News

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The report provided by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters has been dismissed by the Federal Government as fake.

Recall that the report by Justice Doris Okuwobi- led panel which was presented to Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu last week said that eleven people were killed in the Lekki tollgate incident. At least 48 protestors were shot dead, injured with gunshot wounds, or beaten by the military, according to the report.

The revelations have sparked reactions both locally and internationally, particularly because the federal government insisted on several occasions after the Lekki Toll Gate shootings on October 20, 2020, that no lives were lost, and even demanded apologies from those who reported lives were lost during the incident.

At a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, denounced the leaked report as fake and a hoax at a news conference, calling it an ” intimidation of the majority by a few. ”

He claimed that the material circulating on social media could not be trusted, claiming that it was riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

The minister went on to say that the Lagos judicial panel ignored several of the issues raised by a ballistic expert who testified before it, as well as the Nigerian Army’ s testimony.

According to Mohammed, the panel collated charges made by Nigerians and submitted them to the Lagos state government in the form of a report, but the panel did not investigate reports of police brutality.

He dismissed the report’ s contents as ” moonlight tales, ” stating that no ” massacre” occurred at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.

Another Report Reveals How Endsars Panel Altered Doctor’ s Forensic Evidence On Lekki Incident

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters, popularly known as the EndSARS Panel, presented conflicting submissions in their findings based on forensic testimony by Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, the Lagos State Chief Pathologist.

The Chief Pathologist was quoted on page 288 of the 309 page report, which has been circulating in the public domain since its submission to Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu, to have claimed that; ” deaths of three cases came about at the Lekki but their identities of the dead were unknown. ”

According to the report, Obafunwa, an anatomist and forensic pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos, was specific in identifying where the corpses were said to have been recovered, where they were said to have been preserved, and when autopsies were said to have been conducted, and concluded that one of the three died from bleeding caused by blunt force trauma.

He did not remark on the blunt force trauma that killed two of the three people, but he did say that the third case was caused by bullet wounds, specifically from a rifle.

Despite his unequivocal submission in the report, the panel went on to claim on page 288 that Obafunwa’ s testimony ” indicated death from bleeding caused by penetrating objects or rifled weapon. ”

A thorough examination of the full document to cross- reference the submission that may have influenced the panel’ s decision did not reveal anything to the contrary.

According to a report by PRNigeria, in an attempt to justify that most of the corpses came from the Lekki, the EndSARS Panel stated that; ” the fact of lack of identity of some of the other 96 corpses on the list supplied by Professor Obafunwa would not obliterate the fact that some of them could have come from the Lekki Toll Gate Incident of October 20, 2020 or that some other unidentified corpses may have been removed by their families or the military, as claimed by the EndSARS protesters, far and beyond the list tendered by Professor Obafunwa. ”

According to PRNigeria, Dr. Babajide Lawson, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at Reddington Hospital in Lagos, testified on the Lekki Incidence, but the panel ruled that his testimony had changed in a re- presentation.

Federal Government Reveals It Won’ t Be Addressing All The Reports Of States’ ENDSARS Judicial Panels

The Presidency has revealed that concluded reports on police brutality and extrajudicial murders by state judicial panels would not be forwarded to the federal government.

This was stated by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Channels Television’ s ‘ Sunrise Daily’ breakfast program.

Recall that the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters delivered a 309- page report to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu last week.

The Justice Doris Okuwobi- led panel highlighted in the report that at least nine people were certified dead at the Lekki toll plaza during the ENDSARS protests in 2020.

After receiving the report, Governor Sanwo- Olu formed a committee to draft a White Paper within the next two weeks.

When asked on Monday whether the states’ judicial panels will submit their reports to the federal government, Adesina stated, ” 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. ”

According to Adesina, the federal government would only look into the areas in the reports that are of concern to it.

” Definitely, when the reports come out, the ones that are Federal in nature will be considered. There are some things that would be Federal in Nature, the Federal Government would tackle that but things thay are state im Nature, the State government will handle.

” There is an Attorney General of the Federation who will advise and the needful would be done. “

Source: Mcebiscoo.com

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