#EndSARS: Youths Have Realized Nigeria’s Future Belongs To Them, Says Moghalu

 

Former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu believes the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country in October 2020 is a sign that Nigerian youths have realized that the future of the nation is in their hands.

“First of all, it gives us hope that all hope is not lost,” the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“It tells us that our young people are finally coming to realize that the future belongs to them and they have to make a choice as to whether the posterity of Nigeria will belong to them or whether all they would do is to simply inherit our foreign debt.”

– ‘The Way To Go’ –

Moghalu who contested the 2019 presidential election under the Young Progressive Party (YPP), also called on youths to embrace what he described as structural politics if they are to make an impact in the country’s political terrain.

He argued that that is the only way to translate the energy of the #EndSARS protests into political gains for the country.

 

Moghalu believes the amendment of the Electoral Act is critical to the country’s democratic process.

 

“The way to go is to go into structural politics. That is to say, to join political parties, to be able to vote, to register and to vote and to be able to be voted for.”

A critical part of making this happen, the 58-year-old explained, is the amendment of the country’s electoral laws which he described as low-hanging fruit in deepening Nigeria’s democratic system.

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“That is so critical even as we fight or struggle for a new constitution. The immediate thing before us is the Electoral Amendment Act. It’s the low-hanging fruit because it will be completed within the next couple of months, hopefully, and we should insist that it provides a transparent process of electing our leaders where our votes count not just the people who count the vote,” Moghalu added.

“And I think this should be done through a system of electronic voting, electronic transmission of results.

“Anything that creates loopholes for election results to be manipulated, we must avoid it because that is part of what removes confidence from our democratic process and leaves a lot of citizens apathetic. Because they say, ‘Well, they would just rig the election, why should I bother?’ We must move away from this!”

—Protests Against Brutality—

The #EndSARS protests – which were largely driven by youths and against police brutality- rocked the country in October 2020. 

 

#EndSARS protesters in Abuja on October 19, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Although the protests were largely peaceful at the onset, they were later hijacked by hoodlums leading to a looting spree and the destruction of properties in several parts of Nigeria.

#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Seeks FG’s Collaboration On Rebuilding Lagos

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday sought collaboration from the Federal Government in rebuilding Lagos State following the aftermath of last year’s #EndSARS protests, hijacked by hoodlums, which led to the destruction of public and private properties and businesses in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the goal of ensuring Lagos State becomes Nigeria’s investment hub can only be achieved through economic collaboration between the State and the Federal Government.

Speaking to journalists after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Government has started working on how it will make available all that is required by the Lagos State Police Command for the law enforcement agency to be more alive to their responsibilities.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who submitted to President Buhari, the proposals for re-building of Lagos State and identified economic opportunities for rebuilding the State during the visit, also explained the plans of the state to tackle the second wave of COVID-19.

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He said: “We believe we can further collaborate with the Federal Government, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on all the great work we all are doing. I think as a Commander-in-Chief, it is important for me to give him a head start.

“We also discussed other matters around some collaborative efforts that the state can enjoy with the Federal Government. They are win-win opportunities. We believe that the Federal Government can help accelerate and fast track some of those opportunities.

“Lagos is the commercial nerve center of the country and so we need to start up on economic programmes and activities that can improve not only our foreign direct investments but also make Lagos an investor destination in the country.

“I also briefed the president about the security situation in Lagos and how we can further enhance and make the place a lot more business-friendly. All the support we are currently receiving and how we can tweak and improve on all of the support especially with some Federal Government agencies.”

Speaking on his administration’s commitment to addressing the second wave of COVID-19 and increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection in Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the State Government has built about 10 oxygen plants and commissioned about four, and provided other facilities in a public building to meet the respiratory requirements.

He said the second wave seems to be a bit more infectious than the first one, considering the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the fatality rate around the country, especially in Lagos.

The governor, therefore, urged the citizens to take responsibility and to know and appreciate that COVID-19 is real, therefore they need to obey all the protocols that have been set out for them to obey.

He said: “We have seen, unfortunately, the fatality rate around the country, even in Lagos. One of the things we have realised is that a lot more people require oxygen attention, they need additional breathing aid. So we have started building what we call oxygen tent, oxygen facilities; we are building about 10 of such facilities.

“We have commissioned about four of them and we are also building additional two oxygen plants in the state so that we can meet the respiratory requirements. We understand the virus more than how we did eight to 10 months ago, so we know what treatment should be. We are better positioned for that.

“We are also doing a lot more testing in Lagos than we were doing five to six months ago: we are doing almost 2,500 to 3,000 tests every day, so we are watching the rate of positivity that we have, which is also high. It has moved from the usual 10 to 12 per cent and we are now seeing a positivity rate of about 25 and sometimes 30 per cent. That is actually very disturbing.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also disclosed to the journalists that the Lagos State government has supported some of those affected by the #EndSARS protests.

“We are carefully taking a proper study to know what we need to do, taking our time to get it right but we have started something. Businesses that were affected, somebody having a shop looted or burnt or something. We have been able to directly support such businesses, especially on a micro, small level using the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.

“They have started intervening and supporting some of these small businesses, giving them grants, giving them soft loans, and making sure that they can come back together very quickly,” the governor said.

Bakare Condemns Clampdown On #EndSARS Protesters, Asks FG To Unfreeze Accounts

Pastor Tunde Bakare

 

The Serving Overseer of The Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has condemned the clampdown on #EndSARS protesters noting that the older generation cannot afford to keep ‘sinful’ silence over the incident.

Bakare, who disclosed this in an address in his church on Sunday also condemned the freezing on accounts of #EndSARS promoters describing it as some of the actions recently taken by the government which needs to be reversed.

“As our nation returns to the drawing board in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, I have observed with keen interest the policy actions and positions taken by national and subnational governments to address the broader issues of youth development in Nigeria.

“Truth be told, this season of our national life requires deep humility, sobriety, and deliberate thinking through, both by the government and the governed, in order to ensure that our plans, policies, and actions are weighed before they are implemented to avert the re-occurrence of our most recent crisis.

“In light of the foregoing, some of the actions recently taken by the government on the heels of the EndSARS protests may need to be reversed sooner rather than later in our collective best interest so that they do not trigger further protests.

“Among such policy, actions is the freezing of the accounts of young Nigerians who reportedly sponsored the protests,” he said.

Bakare adds that although he accepts that under the country’s extant laws, banks may freeze an account upon an ex parte order granted to a law enforcement agency by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of the investigation,  but this Law should not be used to intimidate Nigerian youth simply because they engaged in and promoted protests against the inactions of government.

He said, “targeting and arresting citizens on trumped-up charges, deploying court probes as a tool of intimidation, and generally eroding our fragile peace, are deeply worrisome signs of regression.”

Speaking concerning the shooting of protesters, Bakare who is also the Convener, Save Nigeria Group (SNG) lamented that this is painful.

“As I reminisced on the unfortunate incident of the shooting of unarmed protesters by Nigerian soldiers, I recalled with solemnity how I almost lost my life in the Ali Must Go protests as armed policemen fired live bullets into a crowd of students protesting peacefully.

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“It is painful that the younger generation has had to face the same beasts we fought in my generation. This is why we cannot afford to keep sinful silence when the youth of our nation are being oppressed by a Nigerian state that is supposed to protect them,” Bakare said.

He however commended the Federal Government for taking some actions like the disbandment of SARS; setting up a panel of inquiry with youth representatives; and the launch of N75B Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (N-YIF), Bakare urged the Federal Government to reverse the decision of freezing the account of #EndSARS campaigners.

“I commend these actions by the Federal and state governments. They have, to an extent, been forced to self-reflect and align with the times,” he said.

 

See full statement below…

 

#EndSARS Protests: Army Insists Only Blank Bullets Were Fired At Lekki Tollgate

Commander 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, responds to questions before the panel on Saturday. Photo: Editi Effiong @Twitter.

 

The Nigerian Army has insisted that only blank bullets containing gunpowder were fired at the Lekki Tollgate area of Lagos State on October 20.

Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, made this known on Saturday when he appeared before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate cases of police brutality.

He also insisted that the military only fired into the air and not directly at the #EndSARS protesters.

While explaining that the blank bullets used cannot cause any damage to the flesh, Brigadier Taiwo said if real bullets were indeed fired, one bullet had the potency to kill three persons at one shot.

 

 


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He reiterated the Army’s position that they were deployed to the scene on the orders of the state government.

While a curfew had been put in place to contain the violence that had broken out in parts of the state by persons who hijacked the peaceful protests, the army said it did not get the update that the timing which had initially been set to commence at 4:00 pm, was shifted to 9:00 pm.

Brigadier General Taiwo also maintained that the troops were not only deployed to the Lekki tollgate but also to other areas like Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and the entire state to restore normalcy.

Furthermore, he claimed that after the soldiers left the area, hoodlums went on to destroy the toll gate plaza.

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The army had initially described reports of its involvement in the shooting as fake news before admitting to being present at the scene.

Viral reports online had insinuated that not only were they present, but they shot at and killed several persons and allegedly hid the bodies.

Both the army and the state government have, however faulted the reports, insisting that only two persons had been confirmed dead from the incident.

“Two dead bodies. That is what we have seen from all the morgues, that is what we have going to hospitals, that is what we have seen as records,” governor Sanwo-Olu had said in an interview with CNN.

#EndSARS Protests: South East Governors Ask FG To Look Into Demands Of Youths

 

Governors, leaders, and stakeholders in the south-east region of the country have appealed to the Federal Government to look into the demands of youths with the aim of solving them.

The leaders said this during a meeting held on Sunday in Enugu with the presidential delegation led by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who is the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting included senators, House of Representatives members, traditional, religious, and youth leaders in Enugu and governors led by Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor Dave Umahi.

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During the meeting which lasted for several hours, the governors and leaders appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the various demands of stakeholders of the region for its development, peace, and security.

“We, therefore, request the President to look into the demands of various groups and youths as presented today with a view to solving them.

“South-East people believe in one Nigeria and this is the reason we are in every part of this country erecting infrastructures and doing our businesses,” Umahi said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu; Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, and a host of other Federal Executive Council members were also at the meeting.

President General of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo, John Nwodo also at the meeting urged the Federal Government to develop the South-East Development Commission and make room to create at least two states in the south-east region.

He also opined that the next president of Nigeria should come from the Southeast region.

“To promote national unity, we urge that the next president of Nigeria should come from the southeast of Nigeria,” he said.

#EndSARS Protests Brought Home the Dangers Of Fake News – Minister Of Youths, Sports

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare

 

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says during the #EndSARS protests held across the country, fake news was widely spread through social media.

The Minister, who disclosed this on Monday, during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the question of fake news is bothersome not only in Nigeria but every part of the world.

“The protests brought home the dangers of fake news. Several months back, Nobel Laureate Winner, Professor Wole Soyinka said fake news is like the bomb that can destroy the world and it is sure that the bomb will come from Nigeria.

“What happened during the protests has been reviewed to a certain extent. We have seen debunking of several of the stories of deaths that came up.

“Everyone is worried about the negative impacts of fake news,” he said.

The Minister added that every country is dealing with fake news and in Nigeria, the National Assembly will do justice to the proposed regulation of social media to guard against the spread of fake news.

“The talk around regulation, of course, we have a National Assembly, it will have to go through the normal process. We have a constitution, they will have to make sure it does not violate certain provisions of the constitution that has to do with freedom of expression.

“Where you have fake news destroying lives, the government has a responsibility to make sure that there is a level of control. It is not censorship but some level of control,” the minister stated.

Dare added that the Federal Government had the option of shutting down the social media space during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to tread the path.

“Everyone one of us benefits from the internet. The fact that our youths used it to mobilise is commendable.

“But the talk about the regulation of social media has been around for a while. We’ve seen other countries taking practical steps in that direction, this country has not done that.

“Even during the #EndSARS protests, the country had an option. The country never went for that final option,” he added.

The Minister said the fact the Federal Government did not shut down cyberspace enabled people to connect themselves through their social media platforms.

According to him, this shows a government that is committed to the rights of freedom and association of every citizen of this country.

Looters Not Necessarily Hungry, It Is Pure Greed – Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the looting of warehouses and shops by hoodlums were not necessarily caused by poverty but greed.

Adesina who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, insisted that the looting spree which occurred in days after the #EndSARS protest was propelled by greed and criminality.

He said he completely disagrees with the idea that the pandemonium which accompanied the #EndSARS protests is a true reflection of the people’s hunger and anger.

“I wouldn’t agree completely with that (that the looters are hungry) because criminality is criminality, would you justify armed robbery because the man was poor?

“Just as you can’t justify armed robbery because a man was poor and then he took a gun to rob another person. You can’t also justify the lootings that are going on. It is pure criminality.

“It is not everybody engaged in that looting that is hungry, that is the truth. It is pure greed and criminality,” Adesina said.

He added that a situation was created for anarchy in the country and this created room for criminality and looting.

Adesina insisted that the looters are not necessarily hungry and angry they took advantage of the breakdown of law and order.

The President’s spokesman said further that, “Criminality will always be criminality and mere anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the last two or three weeks led to what has happened now. If there was cohesion and tranquillity in society, this wouldn’t happen.

“Therefore, it was a corollary to the mere anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protests. If you didn’t have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you wouldn’t have this spate of looting.”

Nigerians Killed Before, During, And After #EndSARS Protests Must Get Justice – Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has said that Nigerians killed before, during, and after the #EndSARS protests must get justice.

The Speaker, who sympathised with Nigerians from all parts of the country as a result of the killings, said the unity of the country remains non-negotiable.

Speaking when he paid a visit to sympathise with the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, the Speaker said the destruction caused by the protests was a very sad event that should not occur again in the history of Nigeria.

The Speaker and his delegation also paid a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, whose historical palace was destroyed during the wave of violence that engulfed the state. The delegation equally met with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Accompanied by some members of the House, Gbajabiamila, at the Lagos House Marina, expressed sadness over the wanton destruction of property and the devastation after he and members of his team watched a documentary on the incident.

“I came in from Abuja today, not just to stand in solidarity with him, but by extension the people of Lagos State. These have been very difficult few days. It has even been more difficult for me in the last hour. Driving in from the airport and sitting with the governor to watch the documentary here put together, that evidences the carnage we all witnessed. It makes us all very sad.

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“This, certainly, is not the Lagos of our dream that we all talk about. And I know deep down, and I believe no matter how brave a face one puts to it, that even the protesters have their regrets that things went this far, because from my understanding and from what I’ve seen, both those who are pro-protest and those who are anti-protest, were all affected.

“There’s very little I can say. But I know that standing with me is a man of courage, a man of destiny. Because it’s very unusual for you to come into office, and within a year a few months, you witnessed two calamitous events: first, you were in the epicentre of Covid-19, which you dealt with to the admiration of all.

“Whilst we were still grappling with that, you now became the epicentre of the protests. I want to encourage you to lift your head high, because you discharged your duties as a governor of a state that was troubled in the last few months, or close to one year,” he said.

The Speaker said he did not wish the incident to take an ethnic dimension having heard a lot of conspiracy theories about it.

“Let us shut our ears to those things. Let us focus as one people, whether you’re Igbo, whether you’re from the North, whether you’re from the South. This is the mantra that we have in the House of Representatives because if you talk about nation-building, we say it is a joint task.

“I want to also use this opportunity, in a way, to be grateful and commend our brothers and sisters from the North. I said this because if the North had been a part of this, I don’t know if we’ll all be standing here today. That’s why I commend our brothers and sisters from the North.

“On Tuesday, we talked in the House about compensation. I want to reiterate that the House will do all it can to make sure that everybody that has suffered from police violence – whether you’re from the North, from the East, from the West, because everybody in Nigeria has suffered from police violence, not just those of us from the Southwest. That will be applicable to all, including policemen that lost their lives in these unfortunate incidents.

“So, Your Excellency, we bring you good tidings and good wishes from Abuja. We stand with you. Whatever the House can do to help in rebuilding not just Lagos State but other states that have been affected as well from whatever part in Nigeria, the House will definitely join hands. Because we’re now in the situation of reconstruction.

“I want to encourage our young men and women out there that you fought a good fight, and I’m sure deep down, you’re not happy with what you’ve seen. The government listened, the president listened, the House listened, the Senate listened, the governors listened, it is now time to take stock and make sure this never happens again.

He said the true situation of what happened in Lekki must be unravelled.

“Your Excellency, the ground zero of what happened here is Lekki. That was what precipitated the violence and the carnage the following day. It is important to me, as I know it is important to you and to everybody, to know what exactly happened.

” A judicial panel has been set up, and I hope those who say this is what happened will have the courage to go before the judicial panel and say this is what happened and give credible evidence. And if that was indeed what happened, then the law must take its course. But if that was not what happened, the law must also take its course. Either way, the law must take its course.

“The governor was telling me just now that it was going to cost about a trillion naira to rebuild Lagos. That makes my heart heavy. And I asked the governor what’s the budget of Lagos State? What are you planning? And he told me that they’re planning a budget of about a trillion naira.

PHOTOS: #EndSARS Protest in New York

#EndSARS protesters call for immediate action by the Nigerian govt in front of the New York Times office, New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters have gathered and marched across Manhattan, New York City on Wednesday, October 21.

Nigerians in New York came out in their numbers to register their grievances after the young, unarmed protesters who were protesting police brutality were shot-at at the Lekki toll gate in the late hours of October the 20th in Lagos.

They marched from the Nigerian Embassy, New York to the New York Times office proceeded to 42nd St, moved to the heart of New York, and finally to the United Nations.

 

#EndSARS protesters call for action in Manhattan, New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters call for action in front of the New York Times office, New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters call for immediate action by the Nigerian govt in front of the New York Times office, New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protester in New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters hold the Nigerian flag while protesting police brutality in New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters hold the Nigerian flag while protesting police brutality in Manhattan, New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters calling on the Nigerian govt to be accountable while holding placards and the Nigerian flag and protesting police brutality in New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

#EndSARS protesters calling on the Nigerian govt to be accountable in New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

An #EndSARS protester flying the Nigerian flag and protesting police brutality in New York. (Photos: Tiem Okori)

 

A masked woman taking photos of fellow Nigerians in front of the Nigerian Consulate while protesting police brutality in Nigeria. (Tiem Okori)

 

An #EndSARS protester with a megaphone in front of the Nigerian Consulate calling on the Nigerian govt to listen to the youths’ demands in a demonstration in Manhattan, New York.

 

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We Will Get Justice For Victims Of Lekki Shooting – Osinbajo

File Photo: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Federal Government will get justice for #EndSARS protesters who were shot and killed by soldiers in Lekki.

“I spoke to some of those in hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos & all other affected states in these trying times,” he said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

He described the shooting, which has sparked global outrage and fury, as terrible and commiserated with those who lost loved ones.

“My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states,” he said.

The Vice-President prayed for the nation never to experience “a repeat of these tragedies.”

On Tuesday evening, two weeks into the #EndSARS protests, soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State, hours after the State Government had imposed a curfew on the country’s commercial nerve centre.

The military has denied being involved in the shooting, despite accounts by witnesses and videos showing soldiers at the venue shooting sporadically.

The morning after: These combination photos show part of the carnage left behind by the attack on the protesters. AFP photos.

 

 

The attack led to the death of some protesters while at least 28 others were confirmed injured. Witnesses said the casualty figures were much more than that.

Many world and national leaders have condemned the attack and called for thorough investigations.

Several others have blasted the government and military authorities and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take responsibility as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and address the nation, among other things.

In reaction to the shooting, angry youths took to the streets in several parts of Lagos, setting buildings, vehicles and more ablaze demanding decisive action and accountability for the attack.

Lagos Government Declares 24-Hour Curfew

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State government has declared a 24-hour curfew across the state.

The announcement was made by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu via his official Twitter handle.

The governor said the decision to declare the curfew following the violence which has broken out in some parts of the state following activities of criminals hiding under the guise of #EndSARS protesters.

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“I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society. Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state.

“As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.

“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4:00 pm today, 20th October 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders, must be found on the streets,” Sanwo-Olu said.

 

#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel

A map of Edo State.

 

Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry into circumstances surrounding the #EndSARS protests in Edo State.

Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday

He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”

The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.

Other duties of the panel are to, “advise on compensation or restitution to the victims, or- where the victim has been killed- to the family of the victim, based on the condition which shall be clearly laid out by the Committee.”

They are also to recommend and direct the Attorney General to immediately prosecute all persons responsible for the various crimes committed; to recommend measures to forestall reoccurrences in the future; to make any other recommendations to government in furtherance of the mandate of this Committee.

The Panel has been given 90 days to complete this assignment and all hearings will be open to the general public.

The members of the panel are listed below…

  1. Hon Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, Chairperson;
  2. Bishop Feb Idahosa, (Clergy);
  3. Francis Osayi, (ASUU);
  4. Comrade Osahon Obasuyi (NYC);
  5. Prest Aigbokhian (Civil Society);
  6. Mrs Uloaku Uzamere (NCWS):
  7. Comrade Pius Efofan (NANS);
  8. Pius Okpere (#EndSARS Movement);
  9. Comrade Kola Edokpayi (#EndSARS Movement);
  10. Mrs Felicia Monyei (Ministry of Justice);
  11. Representative of security forces;
  12. Mrs Joyce Ugbodaga, Secretary to the Committee