#EndSARS Protest: U.S., UN Mount Pressure on Nigeria over Lagos Panel Report

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By Abraham Olatokunbo

 

United States and the United  Nations Tuesday called on Nigeria to take expeditiously respond to the report submitted by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the #EndSARS protest.

 

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday also asked both governments to take suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.

In the statement issued by the Information Specialist, in the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Temitayo Famutimi, the United States said she “welcomes the conclusion of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry with the transmission of its final report.

The United States Embassy however said: “We look forward to the Lagos State government’s response as part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the #EndSARS protests and the events that took place near the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.”

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The Embassy added that: “Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces, and we look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”

Meanwhile, in its statement, the UN said urgent action on  the report by federal and Lagos State governments will rebuild trust and start the process of healing and reconciliation.

In a statement on Tuesday by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said the submission on Monday, 15 November 2021, of the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution is welcomed.

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Kallon said: “I welcome the submission to the Lagos State Governor, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of the reports of the judicial panel on claims of brutality and shooting in the Lekki area of Lagos State, during the 2020 EndSARS protests.”

 

He noted that the submission of the findings of the judicial panel would accelerate the process of justice and accountability.

 

Kallon however added: “I urge the government to implement the recommendations of the judicial panel of inquiry to rebuild trust and start the process of healing and reconciliation.”

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