The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating cases of brutality and human rights violations perpetrated by operatives of the Nigerian Police Force and the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Monday, concluded their proceedings and awarded N148.2 million as compensation to 23 victims.
With the new compensations, a total of N410.2M would be given to 70 petitioners, as the panel had previously awarded the sum of N262 million as compensation to 47 petitioners.
According to the chair of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, 186 petitions were heard from 252 petitioners, while cases not opened or unconcluded would be sent to the Lagos State Ministry of Justice for consideration by the future body that would handle human rights violations in the state.
She advised the police to further investigate two officers, simply identified as Bawa and Salisu, attached to the Ojo police station, but didn’t give details of offences.
Concerning the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate, the panel said it would submit its findings, which include individual petitions on the incident to the state government, and recommend compensation to the petitioners.
Also, the panel noted that the Lekki shooting report would be made public by the state government.
The judicial panel was set up by the Lagos State government in the wake of the #EndSARS protest against police brutality in October 2020 to investigate the excesses of the dissolved Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad and the Lekki shootings.
Below is a full list of the 23 compensations and the recipients:
1. Late Michael Owoicho N10m
2. Late Fatai Ogunseye N10m
3. Adeola Mukaila N700,000
4. Stellar Edegwa N500,000
5. Late Akapo Adekunle N10m
6. Late Mustapha Moruf N10m
7. Kufrey Jackson N5m
8. Late Ikechukwu Iloamuzor N10m
9. Segun Adekoya N1m
10. Late Yusuf Omole 10m
11. Segun Ishola N5m
12. Late Bukola Adeogun N10m
13. Late Okoronkwo Sylvester N10m
14. Titi Agnes N10m
15. Prince Akaba N500,000
16. Chukwudera Uba N4m
17. Late Gabriel Ayodele N10m
18. Abayomi Likinyo N4m
19. James Arebha N4m
20. Juliana Adeoti N1m
21 Adaeze Samson N2.5m
22. Late Yemi Abdulkareem N10m
23. Late Gabriel Ayedungbe N10m
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