EndSars Protests: Lagos Panel Adjourns, Awards N410 Million to 70 Victims

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After 131 hearings, the Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other problems has concluded its work.

Justice Doris Okuwobi, the panel's chairman, read out the panel's conclusions on Monday, awarding N148.2 million to 23 eligible applicants.

They incorporate Michael Owoicho – N10 million, Fatai Ogunseye (late) – N10 million, Adeola Mukaila – N700,000, Stella Edegwa – N500,000, Akapo Adekunle – N10 million, Mustapha Ramot – N10 million, Kufre Jackson – N5 million, Ikechukwu Iloamuzor (late) – N10 million, Segun Adekoya (unlawful capture by the police) – N1 million, Yusuf Omole – N10 million, and Segun Ishola (wounds supported from shot) – N5 million. 

Others are Mr and Mrs Julius Adeogun – N10 million, Okoronkwo Sylvester (late) – N10 million, Titi Agnes – N10 million, Prince Akaba – N500,000, Chukwudera Uba – N4 million, Seun Bamgbose – N10 million, Abayomi Likinyo – N4 million, James Arebha – N4 million, Juliana Adeoti – N1 million, Adaeze Samson – N2.5 million, Yemi Abdulkareem – N10 million, and Gabriel Ayedungbe – 10 million.

As a result, the panel has now given 70 victims a total of N410 million.

Justice Okuwobi also announced that the panel's inquiry into the gunshot at the Lekki tollgate, which was one of the sites of the #EndSARS protests in Lagos, is now complete.

She did say, though, that the panel was working on a report that would be given to the state government, which would then make it public.

The board guaranteed solicitors that its suggestions would incorporate remuneration to casualties of the Lekki tollbooth occurrence in case any was distinguished. 

As indicated by the director, suggestions will likewise be made for police officers who were casualties of the #EndSARS fights held in 2020. 

She added that petitions that have been halfway heard, and those that were not closed or heard would be shipped off the administering Lagos State Ministry of Justice, which might set up a basic freedoms body to deal with them.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, appointed a judicial panel on October 19, 2020, to investigate cases of police brutality and human rights violations by the police and its defunct tactical unit.

The Lagos State government established a nine-member Judicial Panel of Inquiry on October 19, 2020, to investigate cases of police brutality and human rights breaches committed by operatives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

The panel was also tasked with looking into the Nigerian Army's alleged shooting of demonstrators at the Lekki tollgate plaza on October 20, 2020.

Between October and December 2020, it received 235 petitions, with only 14 petitions regarding the purported Lekki shooting event.

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