Sanwo-Olu Swears-In Judicial Panel To Investigate Brutality, Rights Violation By SARS

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sworn in a seven-man Judicial Panel Enquiry and Restitution to investigate cases brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the State.


The panel, which is being headed by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, will sit for six months and is mandated to thoroughly investigate all verifiable claims abuses and fatalities arising from SARS engagement with the objective to bring erring officers to justice and compensation for the victims.


The swearing-in comes a few days after the governor last Thursday set up the judicial panel to investigate cases brutality and human rights violations by the dissolved unit.

The move is part of the steps being taken by the Lagos to address the five-point demands of the youths demonstrating against SARS brutality.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement during a live address held at the State House, Marina.

The panel members have three individuals representing Civil Society, one person representing a security agency, and one person representing the . Human Rights Commission and protesters are also expected to nominate their representatives before the panel commences sitting next week.

The Governor also set aside N200 million Trust Fund for the compensation of victims and of those who died in the course of SARS’ activities.

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The developments, Sanwo-Olu said, were part of the agreements reached at the Thursday meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) presided by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and which had all in attendance.

The Governor said: “I attended a National Economic Council Sub- Meeting in which the major focus was the ongoing EndSARS protests and the necessary steps to take to assuage the feelings of the protesters. In line with the five-point demands of the protesters, we unanimously decided to inaugurate a panel of investigation into human rights abuses.

“A seven-member Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses in Lagos State is now being constituted. This panel will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality justice and receive compensation. The panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.

“Other panel members are Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector of ), Ms. Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society), Mr. Segun Awosanya (Human Rights Activist), Mrs. Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Lagos Citizens Mediation Center), as well as a representative of the youth-led protest and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.”

The State , Sanwo-Olu said, has set up a help desk for the public complaints and petitions to the panel. Lagos , who have petitioned against SARS, can reach the help desk the numbers: 0901 051 3203, 0901 051 3204, and 0901 051 3205.