The Lagos State Government has released the much-awaited White Paper on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry report of Lekki Toll Gate October 20, 2020 incident.
The White paper faulted the panel’s report that nine persons were killed at the toll gate when soldiers stormed the protest ground to disperse the protesters.
The government described the claim of the panel that nine persons were shot dead as “assumptions and speculations”.
It also said that 14 of the recommendations highlighted by the panel are not within the powers of the State and would be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration.
In a statement by Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwo-Olu titled, ‘Highlight of the Lagos Government White Paper On The Lekki Incident Investigation’, he said, “Out of the 32 Recommendations made by the JPI in its Report of 15th November 2021, Government accepted 11, rejected one and accepted six with modifications.
“Fourteen recommendations fall outside the powers of the Lagos State Government and will be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration. Let the healing begin.”
It would be recalled that Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated the judicial panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi to investigate petitions on police brutality in the state and alleged shootings of protesters on October 20, 2020.
Following the submission of the panel’s report, Sanwo-Olu constituted a four-member committee to come up with a white paper on the recommendations of the panel.
Lagos Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, was appointed to chair the white-paper committee.
Other members of the committee are; Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu; Special Adviser, Works, and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs) Aramide Adeyoye and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mrs. Tolani Oshodi.