FastNews reports that the Lagos State government has released its white paper on the EndSARS panel’s report into the October 20, 2020, Lekki toll gate incident.
The government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu disputed the panel’s finding that nine people were killed at the toll gate when soldiers stormed the protest site to disperse the protesters.
In the White Paper obtained by The PUNCH on Tuesday night, the government described the claim of the panel that nine persons were shot dead as “assumptions and speculations”.
In a short statement, Gboyega Akoshile, the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwo-Olu, said one of the recommendations of the panel was rejected.
In the statement 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 November 15, 2021, the 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.”
On November 15, 2021, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS-related Abuses and Other Matters submitted its report, following which Sanwo-Olu set up a White Paper committee.