According to the federal government, 11 of the 28 states have filed their final reports to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the 2020 End SARS protest and its aftermath.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, revealed this during a press conference in Abuja on the one-year anniversary of the EndSARS protest and the alleged Lekki tollgate slaughter.
Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers, according to Mohammed, have submitted the report to the National Economic Council (NEC).
According to sources, the National Economic Council (NEC) is the country’s top economic decision-making body, presided over by the Vice President and attended by all state governors and chosen ministers.
It further claims that the states’ judicial panels were to investigate complaints of human rights abuses against members of the Nigerian Police Force and other security services.
While the governors of other states have stated that their reports would be filed shortly, mechanisms for the payout of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels have been created, according to the minister.
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.”