A coalition of civil society for #EndSARS victims has berated the angle of the Lagos Condition federal government, federal government, and their officials toward the #EndSARS report released final 7 days by the Lagos Condition Judicial Panel of Inquiry.
The coalition, which includes 14 civil societies, expressed dissatisfaction in direction of the hostility of federal government officials to the report, at a press briefing in Lagos, on Thursday.
Some of the civil societies are Corporate Accountability and Community Participation Africa (CAPPA) Joint Action Front (JAF) Justice Progress and Peace Commission Areas4Adjust (S4C) Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge (SERAP) Youths Legal rights Campaign (YRC) Centre for Dignity and Peace and Growth Task.
Speaking at the push briefing, Achike Chude, the vice president of JAF, reported Nigeria’s media and political area have been on overdrive with all manners of interventions by equally condition and non-state actors due to the fact the launch of the report.
In accordance to the report of the Judicial Panel, at least 46 unarmed protesters have been either shot useless, hurt with bullets, or assaulted by security forces at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, final calendar year.
Mr Chude stated it is “disgusting” to see a manhunt of protesters who witnessed the Oct 20, last 12 months, capturing incident at the Lekki toll gate and a number of statements by government actors to discredit the report of the panel.
“While the citizens of the state, and in fact Nigeria and the worldwide neighborhood have noticed an possibility for new beginnings in the implementation of the report, the steps by equally condition actors and non-point out actors affiliated to the govt, smack of an insidious and pernicious agenda by the federal government towards the report,” he claimed.
Akinbode Oluwafemi, the government director of CAPPA, claimed the collusion of federal and point out governments and their businesses introduced about the tragedy that unfolded at the Lekki Tollgate on 20 Oct very last yr.
“We have talked plenty of about the boldness and objectivity of the panel, which following a yr of sitting, came out with a report that rightly indicted multiple agencies of the federal and Lagos condition governments as effectively as the Lekki Concession Business.
“The system language of the condition governing administration, as properly as the unwholesome bullishness and hostility of authorities officials above the release of the report, speaks volumes about the attainable fate of the white paper awaiting release by the governing administration,” he reported.
Mr Oluwafemi additional that the ‘leaked’ report of the panel was more than enough to induce a lot of soul exploring by governing administration and government officials, with a perspective to charting positively new paths of engagements with Nigerians, specifically the youth.
“But alas! The opposite has been the case, in particular in Lagos state which has turn out to be the epicenter of the struggle from the structural injustice in the country, as effectively as the middle of the repression of dissent emanating from the tragedy,” he stated.
Also speaking at the briefing, Zikorah Ibeh, a agent of Areas for Modify, explained there is a normal look at that the state and federal governments are unpleasant with the report and are operating tough to undermine it as effectively as alter the narrative.
“We sincerely hope that this is not true, but if it is, these kinds of designs will fall short,” she said.
The groups also condemned assaults on victims of the Lekki incident, saying these types of assaults are “unwholesome and cowardly.”
“We condemn most vehemently, the violent, bloody assault on Kamson Ibe, which took location in the night of Sunday 21 November 2021. Kamson was also a victim of the army and law enforcement brutality at the Lekki Toll Gate very last 12 months. Her assault last Sunday was accompanied by threats of additional mayhem by her assailants in opposition to #EndSARS activists.
“On Monday 22 November, Dabira Oluwa also obtained a risk dropped on her auto, warning that she was the following on the line to be attacked. We also note the menace of assassination in opposition to the folks of Barrister Olu Adegboruwa, Wiseman Kunle, and Barrister Faroti.
“The prospect of a legitimately constituted federal government being associated in point out sanctioned violent attacks and killings of harmless citizens is far too gruesome and horrifying to contemplate,” the team explained.
The coalition urged the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to look into the feasible involvement of people near to him in the violence remaining perpetrated in opposition to Lagosians, specially survivors of the Lekki taking pictures incident.
The team extra that the trustworthiness of the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is at stake over the make a difference.
“The totally dismissive response of the minister of data, Lai Mohammed to the Lagos point out panel report is normal of his well-recognised combative posture of see no evil, hear no evil, and communicate no evil specially when it comes to the tragic events of 20th October 2020.
“It is time to allow govt functionaries like Lai Muhammed know that they are not a lot more patriotic that any other Nigerian, neither do they really like our state additional. We stand by the Condition Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Connected Abuses and Other Issues report as produced, mainly because it is a daring and objective reflection of the malfeasance that has characterised the actions of our safety forces above the a long time,” the team stated.
Stating their demand from customers, the coalition named for an speedy prosecution of people today indicted for human rights abuses and murder right before, through and just after the #EndSARS protest.
They also referred to as for an investigation into the assault on Ms Ibeh as properly as the threats on Dabiri Oluwa and other individuals, and the perpetrators prosecuted.
“All all those included in the sordid and felony situations of the 20th Oct 2020 need to be punished in accordance with the provisions of the law. This would include military, law enforcement, governing administration personnel as effectively as staff of the Lekki Concession Business. Corporate sanctions, if probable, should really also be considered. This ought to hopefully serve as a assertion versus impunity in our state,” the group reported.
They extra that the Lekki tollgate really should be selected a nationwide monument in celebration of the heroism of the Nigerian youths who stood in opposition to brutality of the law enforcement, and victims of police atrocities be compensated.
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