OrderPaperToday – FixPolitics, a citizens-led, research-based movement has commended Lagos State Government for not interfering with the EndSARs Judicial panel set up to probe the October 20 2020 attack on EndSARs protesters.
In a statement signed by Anthony Ubani, Executive Director, the organization said “FixPolitics welcomes with great relief the news of the submission of the report of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate and award compensation to victims of police brutality and, in particular, to probe the events of October 20, 2020 during which the Nigerian army shot at young Nigerians engaged in a peaceful protest”
The organization expressed further that “FixPolitics joins others in appreciating the Lagos State Governor for setting up the Panel and also for the freedom and independence which the Panel members enjoyed during the conduct of their assignment.”
While commending the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel for the courage and forthrightness exhibited for the successful completion assignment, the statement maintained that “the report of the #EndSARS Judicial Panel should mark a major moment in Nigeria’s quest for good governance.
“The findings demonstrate the great need and critical importance of holding all those who wield power and authority accountable to the people, as well as prove that truth and justice are the foundations upon which lasting peace, security and progress are built.”
FixPolitics further encouraged Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to ensure that the process of giving justice to victims of police and military brutality is pursued to its logical conclusion and stressed that making all those who are culpable in the Lekki massacre should be made to face the full wrath of the law for the atrocities committed against peaceful protesters.
Furthermore, the statement maintained that “only the complete delivery of justice, seen and attested to by all plus the speedy administering of compensation to the victims of this “massacre” can help to bring some measure of relief and closure for the many families who are still grieving as a result of the horrific events of October 20, 2020.
“The eyes of the entire world are on Nigeria at this time. Various countries like the United Kingdom and the United States of America, international organisations like Amnesty International, as well as the United Nations, have issued statements expressing the hope that the findings of the #EndSARS Report would be implemented, in order to build trust in government institutions and strengthen democracy in the country.”
FixPolitics added its voice in the call for the implementation of the recommendations of the judicial panel report and expressed hope that Nigeria’s experience will serve as a lesson for other countries, particularly regarding the right of citizens to peaceful protests.
The statement stressed that, “as Nigerians, we continue to share the shock and horror at the bloody events of October 20, 2020 and reaffirm our resolve to accentuate our demands for good governance and social justice. We demand that the socio-economic maladies in our polity which compelled our youths to launch that peaceful protest be decisively addressed.”