Lagos government white paper on #EndSARS report is a dance on the blood of victims

By Daniel Kanu

Corporate Accountability and Public Participation in Africa (CAPPA) described the Lagos State Government’s White Paper on the Judicial Panel Report on Restitution for Victims of Abuse and Other SARS-Related Issues as a insult to the deaths and to the sensitivity of the victims of Lekki. toll shootout that took place on October 20, 2020.

CAPPA also criticized Governor Babajide Sanwolu’s peace march scheduled for an undisclosed date this month in commemoration of the #EndSARS movement, insisting the event can be compared to a dance on the blood of victims of the Lekki shooting who were denied justice a year after the incident.

CAPAP drew these conclusions following the recent publication of the 41-page white paper.

In the report, the Lagos State government accepted 11 of the 32 recommendations made by the panel, categorically rejected one, approved six with modifications, while 14, which it said did not fall within the remit of the panel. its powers would be passed on to the federal government for review. .

He also rejected allegations that nine people died at the Lekki toll booth.

In a statement released in Lagos, ACPAP said the White Paper report, and Governor Babajide Sanwolu’s remarks at a televised briefing in Alausa, dismissed the report’s most important recommendations that have to do with the murder. innocent EndSARS agitators and the need to get authors to reserve.

CAPPA Executive Director Akinbode Oluwafemi said: “The white paper report is not only disappointing, but also shows how far the Lagos government and its federal collaborators will go to deny a known truth. But Nigerians are not mistaken.

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Oluwafemi said that like the blood of Abel who continued to cry skyward until Cain’s sin was discovered, the blood of innocent youths murdered in their prime by the Nigerian police and military for s ‘being against oppression and bullying will not rest.

“The panel report mentioned names of the dead and victims that Sanwolu did not even recognize. Last week, Kamsi Ochukwu was attacked with matches and Dabira Oluwa threatened by so-called unknown people. Some of the panelists were also threatened.

“Surprisingly, Sanwo-Olu turned a golden moment into a joke by proposing a peace march to mark his own commemoration of the shameful events of the past year. We refuse such a march. The real date on which we mark the victims of the state’s mismanagement of a peaceful demonstration is October 20, 2020. ”

The judicial panel report established that the Nigerian military led by Lt. Col. Bello was at Lekki Gate on October 20, 2020, and further described today’s event as a “massacre in a context.”

In the 309-page report, the panel confirms the Lekki shooting and goes further by publishing the list of victims and injured in the shooting, accusing the Nigerien military and police of complicity in the deaths of protesters at the Lekki tollgate. .

Oluwafemi later noted that “We align ourselves with the panel’s recommendations and reiterate our demands that criminal proceedings be brought against those convicted of the massacre that occurred on October 20, 2020 at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos.

“Until the Lagos State and Federal Governments find the courage to recognize their failures and the killings committed during the protests against EndSARS, true peace and justice will be elusive. No so-called march for peace will erase the events that occurred on October 20, 2020. ”

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