#EndSARS: Absence of youth reps stalls proceedings at Lagos Judicial Panel

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The absence of the two youth representatives serving in the Lagos Judicial Panel on protest on Saturday stalled proceedings as the panel could not form a quorum.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Brig.-Gen. A. I. Taiwo already on hand to give ’s testimony on the alleged shooting of peaceful at Lekki on Oct. 20 but the panel failed to form a quorum.

NAN learnt that the two youth representatives – Mr Temitope Majekodunmi and Ms Olorunrinu Oduala – did not an appearance at the panel on Saturday in protest against the freezing of Oduala’s account by Central Bank of Nigeria.

Oduala’s bank account allegedly frozen on Nov. 6 alleged sponsorship of the # protests.

Doris Okuwobi (retired), Chairperson of nine- panel, said that due to the absence of Oduala and Majekodunmi, proceedings will not hold because the panel could form a quorum.

She said: “We are confronted with a situation which prevented her coming. We do not know if the two youth representatives will eventually pull out.

“We do not want a situation where proceedings will go on and it is impugned that with controversy due to a lack of quorum.

Okuwobi stressed the importance of all the panel’s sitting being in accordance with the law.

“In all matters, we have to wait for them to join us, without them we are handicapped,” the retired judge said.

Reacting, Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN), counsel the , noted that the military were at the panel in response to a summons dated Oct. 28 and asked the panel when the military should return to give evidence.

Mr Kayode Enitan (SAN), counsel for the Lagos , aligned with the submission of the counsel for the military. He however noted the importance of a quorum.

“The issue of quorum is of utmost importance as to the competence of the panel to proceed and as to the integrity of recommendations to be made at the end of proceedings.

“Therefore, the directive that the panel should adjourn is quite appropriate,” the LASG counsel said.

Okuwobi adjourned the panel’s proceedings to Nov. 14.