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Presidency: Nigerian government to address areas of concern in #EndSARS reports

Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidency has assured that the Federal Government will address the areas associated with the White Paper report of the recently submitted Lagos Judicial Panel on Inquiry on Police Brutality and other related matters.

This was made known by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while appearing on a Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, monitored by nesmen.

Adesina, while explaining the steps that the Federal Government intends to take in handling the findings of the Lagos Judicial Panel, said the Federal Government will wait till the submission of the reports from the states before it could address areas of concern.

He said, “What would happen is that when the states come up with pronouncements on that panel report, that would then be of interest to the Federal Government.

“Definitely, when the reports come out the ones that are Federal in nature will be considered. There are some things that would be Federal in nature, the Federal Government would tackle that but things that are state in nature, the state government will handle.

“There is an Attorney General of the Federation who will advise and the needful would be done.’’

When asked what the Federal Government was doing with the Judicial Panel report that had been submitted by some states, Adesina said he is not aware if some states that have completed their inquiry have so far submitted any report to the Federal Government.

He said, “I am not quite sure of that, but I know that areas that would affect the Federal Government will be looked into by the Federal Government.”

Speaking on the idea behind the setting up of the probe panel, Adesina said the Federal Government did not give a directive for their set-up but it was just a suggestion to the state government.

“It couldn’t have been a directive because the Federal Government doesn’t have the power. It was just an idea.’’

The Panel set up by the Lagos State Government submitted its report last week, indicting the military and the police for killing 11 people at the Lekki Tollgate.

According to a leaked version of the report, the Judicial Panel allegedly indicted the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force, for shooting, injuring and killing unarmed helpless and defenceless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem.

The report said the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre adding that the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances to render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance.

The Army was also found not to have adhered to its own Rules of Engagement.

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