NBA commends report of Lagos Judicial Panel on #EndSARS



Benin branch of Nigerian Bar Association on Wednesday commended Lagos State Judicial Panel on #EndSARS for its timely report after the inquiry into the 2020 protests.

Bar expressed its commendation in a statement signed respectively by its Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Pius Oiwoh and Andrew Lawani.

It extended its commendation to who provided free legal services to victims, adding that Bar was delighted to stand unrivalled finding of facts determined panel.

NAN reports that Lagos State Judicial Panel on #EndSARS submitted its report to Lagos State Government on Nov. 15.

panel was inaugurated on Oct. 19, 2020 to look into citizens’ complaints of rights abuses by operatives of police Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Following fracas at Lekki toll gate on Oct. 20, 2020 between protesters and security operatives, terms of reference of the panel was expanded to cover the imbroglio.

panel, led by Justice Doris Okuwobi, sat for more than one year, listening to testimonies of petitioners, witnesses, experts, and lawyers.

NBA in its statement on Wednesday described the report of the panel as a job well done.

“The NBA Benin Bar welcomes the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters.

“We salute the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel for the courage, activism and doggedness which it displayed in coming up with an all-encompassing report.

“Members of the panel have written their names in gold.

“We also extend special commendation to our colleagues who appeared for many of the victims and many of them did on pro-bono terms; they have displayed the finest traditions for which the Bar is known.

“The Lagos panel has made far-reaching findings and recommendations which enjoy wide acceptance.

“We hope the panel set up governor of Lagos State will come up with a Whitepaper speedily so as to give to the recommendations of the panel.

“We hope also that the content of the Lagos report would serve as a lesson to all,’’ it stated.

The Bar also advised other states who had set up such panels to make their reports public to engender public confidence.

NAN reports that during the sittings of the panel, it announced that it would divide its assignment and report, into two principal segments.

The reports it stated would cover general cases of police abuses and the special case of the Lekki Toll Gate incident.

During the proceedings, compensations were paid to deserving cases of police abuses while a special case was made for victims of the Lekki Toll Gate incident of Oct. 20, 2020. (NAN)