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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu promises to make judicial panel report public

*Directs release of those detained in Wednesday memorial protest’ 

*Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort

AS the final report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution is being awaited, Governor Sanwo-Olu has said his administration would be making full disclosure of the report to the public.

Sanwo-Olu said the state government would not make an attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in its favour or not.

The governor said the panel report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing reccurrence of violence in the state.

Sanwo-Olu, today, spoke on the arduous task of rebuilding the state, one year after it was hit by a wave of arsonist attacks resulting from the EndSARS protests.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated that the panel was set up to look into allegations of human rights abuses against the police and also determine the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos, noting that the the final report would be fully implemented.

The panel concluded its sittings last Monday, 12 months after it was constituted.

Sanwo-Olu said: “The panel concluded its sittings about three days ago and has asked for time to put the reports together behind closed doors. We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public. We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our government stands for. We will make full disclosure of whatever recommendations that the panel will come up with. I assure citizens of the state that we will not leave anything to chance.”

The governor also spoke on the incident during the #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Tollgate on Wednesday, saying:

“Yesterday (Wednesday), we saw a protest in the state and everybody that was arrested in connection with the protest have all been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons and who confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem,” the governor said.

He commended the police for being alive to their responsibility to identify and isolate troublemakers from among law-abiding people who conduct themselves in line with the laws.

Sanwo-Olu, again, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation. He urged them to join the rebuilding effort in order to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

Speaking on the rebuilding effort, the governor said, “It is exactly a year ago today when Lagos was hit by violence in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests. The state witnessed massive destruction of infrastructure, iconic buildings, transport infrastructure, police station and others.

“Today being a year after the event, there is no better time to say how difficult it has been for us as a state and how committed it has been for us. As tough as it is, the government will certainly not shy away from its responsibility. We see the incident as a challenge and we will fix it with everything that we have.”

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