#EndSARS: Attorneys ask courtroom to disband Lagos judicial panel
Two legal professionals, Adekunle Augustine and Semion Akogwu, have gone earlier than the Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos searching for an order disbanding the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set as much as look into complaints of human rights abuses by males of the disbanded police Particular Anti-Theft Squad.
The judicial panel, headed by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, additionally has the mandate to probe the alleged shootings at #EndSARS protesters by troopers on the night time of October 20 on the Lekki tollgate.
However the legal professionals, of their contemporary go well with, are asking the courtroom to disband the panel and nullify all its proceedings up to now.
The plaintiffs are contending that because the troopers who allegedly shot at #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki tollgate had been invited by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the identical governor can not arrange a panel to probe the incident.
In response to the legal professionals, the organising of the judicial panel is in battle with the provisions of Part 36 of the Structure.
Listed as defendants within the go well with are the Governor of Lagos State; Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS-Associated Abuses in Lagos State and Lekki Tollgate Incident; the panel’s chairman; and the Lawyer Common of Lagos State.
The plaintiffs are contending that the organising of the panel by the governor was “tantamount to creating the governor a decide in his personal trigger and ipso facto breaches the plaintiffs rights to honest listening to.”
They’re searching for “an order of this honourable courtroom disbanding the third defendant (panel) and nullifying its proceedings and in anyway actions taken thereby up to now, to present method for a reputable and unbiased fee of inquiry to be arrange by the Federal Authorities to take over the mandate of the third defendant as contemplated by its institution abi nitio.”
The courtroom has but to repair a listening to date for the go well with.
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