In a 41 page white paper, the Lagos state government rejected the casualty figure submitted by its Judicial Panel of Inquiry on End SARS.
The report which was submitted to the state government more than 2 weeks ago stated that at least 9 people were killed on the 20th of October 2020 by state security during a peaceful protest. Citing irregularities and lack of evidence in the report, the Lagos state government described he report as unreliable and unacceptable.
Why Lagos State Rejected It’s End SARS Judicial Panel’s Report
Some of the listed inconsistencies was that one of the persons listed as deceased, (No. 46 Nathaniel Solomon) is alive and testified before the panel on the death of his brother Anita Solomon (listed as No.2).
The second inconsistency was that the report from the pathologist on 3 examined bodies stated that only one person had died from a gunshot wound. However the time and location of the persons death was placed as 7:43pm on the 21st of October, 2020.
Lagos State Forwards Disciplinary Recommendations To The Federal Government
The disciplinary recommendations listed by the Lagos State Judicial Panel Of Inquiry on End SARS included sanctions for;
1. Two military officers, Lt. Col. S. O. Bello and Major General Godwin Umelo, who refused to honor the summons of the panel in order to frustrate the investigation, and
2. All officers (excluding Major General Omata) and men of the Nigerian Army that were deployed to the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
In response to these, the Lagos state government said it has no power to issue such sanctions and would forward the recommendations to the Federal Government.