#endsars panel report: Sanwoolu must not cover up, says Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

A member of the probe panel instituted by Lagos State Government to probe killings by security agents and other atrocities committed by security operatives, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Governor Babajide Sanwoolu not to do anything to cover up the outcome of the assignment.

This is coming just as he has also warned that he may be forced to divulge the contents of the report the panel submitted to the state government if he discovers official cover up.

The panel led by Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi had on Monday submitted its report to Sanwo-Olu at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday.

But in a press release, Adegboruwa, said: “At the presentation ceremony today, the Governor promised two things: To set up a Four-Man Committee led by the Honourable Attorney-General to prepare a White Paper for the purpose of implementing the findings and recommendations expressed in the report.”

“It is my view that Lagos State having appeared before the Panel as a party, having tendered documents before the Panel and led witnesses to take a position on the Incident of the Lekki Toll Gate, it will be unfair and improper for Lagos State to be a judge in its own cause, by seeking to review the report of the Panel.

“However, the Governor explained to me that this would only be done to enable the government implement the findings and recommendations of the Panel and not to tamper with it or mutilate it. I believe His Excellency.

“I will however keep observing the turn of events and at the appropriate time, one may be forced to state the FULL contents of the report if the promises made are not fulfilled.

“I can never and will never subscribe to anything that would amount to covering up the report of the panel.

“We have done our work in the best way that we could. Nigerians should demand for justice against all culprits who have been named in detail, in our report.”

Adegboruwa, however, affirmed that the Lagos State Governor did not interfere with the operations of the panel.

“The Panel sat for well over one year, listening to testimonies of petitioners, their witnesses, experts and lawyers. The Panel divided its assignment and report into two principal segments to cover general cases of police abuses and the special case of the Lekki Toll Gate Incident.

“Compensation was paid to deserving cases of police abuses while a special case was made for victims of the Lekki Toll Gate Incident of October 20, 2020.

“True to his word, the Governor of Lagos State granted total independence to the Panel, as we worked according to our conscience and based upon our common convictions.

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