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The Federal Government says 11 out of 28 states have submitted their respective final reports of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the 2020 EndSARS protest and its aftermath.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a media briefing on the first anniversary of the EndSARS protest and the purported Lekki tollgate massacre.
Mohammed said the states which had submitted the report to the National Economic Council (NEC) were Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers.
Africa Today News, New York reports that NEC is the nation’s highest economic decision-making body presided over by the Vice President with all the state governors and selected ministers in attendance.
It also reports that the judicial panels set up by the states were to make inquiries into allegations of human rights violations against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.
The minister said while the governors of other states had indicated that their reports would be submitted soon, modalities had been established for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels.
He said, ‘The National Economic Council (NEC), which comprises all State Governors and representatives of the Federal Government and chaired by the Vice President, has already addressed other issues relating to the EndSARS protest.’
‘At its meeting on 15 October 2021, the NEC received an update on the Reports of Judicial Panels of Inquiry into Allegations of Human Rights Violations against Members of Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies. Note that 28 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – under the auspices of the National Human Rights Commission – had set up Judicial Panels/Commissions of Inquiry to investigate allegations of violations of human rights levied against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, especially members of the disbanded SARS.’
‘Out of the 28 States, 11 States (Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers) have submitted their final reports to Council. Governors of other states have also indicated that their reports would be submitted soon.’
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK