The United States Government on Tuesday called on the Nigerian and Lagos State governments to adress alleged abuses pointed out by the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry that looked into the violence surrounding the #EndSARS protest that took place in October 2020.
In a statement obtained by IGBERE TV, released by the United States Consulate General in Lagos commended the work of the panel, describing it as a huge step forward in trying to make all those responsible for attacks on peaceful protesters to answer for their action.
The statement read, “The United States welcomes the conclusion of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry with the transmission of its final report.
“We look forward to the Lagos State Government’s response as part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the #EndSARS protests and the events that took place near the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
“Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces, and we look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”
On Monday, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry submitted a 309-paged report to the state government after months of sitting.
The report blamed the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force for the killing of at least nine protesters and injury to others.
The panel also blamed security operatives for blocking ambulances from rescuing wounded protesters, leading to the deaths of many of them.
The report has since sparked outrage among Nigerians, who have called for the Lagos and federal governments to be held responsible for the killings.