Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the release of a “White Paper” in response to the report submitted to it by the #EndSARS Judicial Panel set up to investigate the Lekki Massacre of October 20, 2020 at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.
Recall that the governor, who is heavily indicted in the report, announced on Tuesday, November 30, that the White Paper would be released later in the day.
The Lagos State Governor and his Government have resorted to produce a White Paper on the report despite the fact the they were parties during the one year that the Panel sat and were eventually indicted in the detailed investigation carried out by members of the Panel.
As expected, the Governor’s so-called White Paper dismissed credible investigation by the Panel that nine people were killed at the Lekki Tollgate during the peaceful protest of October 20, 2020.
Sanwo-Olu’s White Paper, in a bid to defend the governor in the face of overwhelming evidence, described the Panel’s report as “assumptions and speculations.”
CitizensAlert reported that the Panel submitted its report to the governor on Monday, November 30, 2021, indicting the the governor, the Nigerian Army and Police in the Lekki Tollgate massacre that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated the Panel on October 19, 2020 to investigate cases of human rights violation by Nigerian Police. However, following the Lekki Massacre a day later, the Panel’s Terms of Reference was expanded to cover the massacre.
The Panel sat for more than one year, taking testimonies from victims, witnesses, lawyers, et al.
The Panel insisted that the Lagos Governor had invited the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020 before the army’s hierarchy dispatched its officers to the Lekki Tollgate later in the evening of that day.
Indicting the Governor and the Nigerian Army, the report reads in part:
“The Panel found that there was an invitation of the Nigerian Army to Lagos State made by the Lagos State Government through the Governor before the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army deployed its soldiers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th of October.”