US urges the FG and Lagos State to act on the #EndSARS Panel Report
The US government has urged Nigeria’s federal government and Lagos State government to act on the #EndSARS Panel Report and address the abuses and grievances of victims and their families.
The US mission in Nigeria published a press statement on its website on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, in which it declared that it “welcomes the end of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry with the delivery of its final findings.
“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.”
A gathering of demonstrators, mostly youth, seeking an end to police brutality were attacked by a mixed team of troops and police on October 20, 2020 near Lekki Toll Gate.
On October 19, 2020, Governor Sanwo Olu of Lagos State appointed a nine-member judicial panel to probe the security forces’ involvement in the incident.
The Judicial Panel accused the Nigerian Army of shooting, wounding, and murdering unarmed, helpless, and defenseless demonstrators as they were waving the Nigerian flag and singing the National Anthem, without provocation or justification.
The panel stated that the style of assault and killing may be defined as a massacre in context, and that the Nigerian Army’s actions were aggravated by its unwillingness to let ambulances provide medical help to victims who needed it. These charges, according to the United States, are serious and must be addressed.
The United States views the judicial panel’s report as the first step toward accountability, and it is now asking that the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Lagos State Government act on it.
“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”.