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  • President Buhari said FG is waiting for EndSARS panel reports from states

President Buhari yesterday said he will await the steps taken by governors before the Federal Government would take action on the reports of the judicial panels of inquiry set up by states.

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While those of Rivers, Delta, Ogun, among others, had earlier submitted their reports, the Lagos panel presented its report on police brutality, including the Lekki shooting, to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu five days ago.

This came on a day controversies continued to trail report of the panel set up by Lagos State Government as a member of the panel, Mr. Ebun Olu Adegboruwa, yesterday raised an alarm that members of the panel, led by Justice Doris Okuwobi, retd, were being persecuted by agents of the state.

Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, counsel to Lagos State Government on the panel, had in an interview on Arise TV yesterday, made comments that tended to raise doubts about the report.


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President Buhari, who spoke at a meeting with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, in Abuja, yesterday, said state governments will have to take steps on the reports of their panels before the Federal Government acts on the recommendations.

He said: “So many state governments are involved, and have given different terms of reference to the probe panels. “We at the federal have to wait for the steps taken by the states, and we have to allow the system to work. We can’t impose ideas on them. The Federal Government has to wait for the reaction of the states.”

On his part, the US Secretary of State described the report of the #EndSARS probe panel as “democracy in action”, adding that he looked forward to necessary reforms within security agencies.

Speaking on the removal of Nigeria from countries violating religious freedom, Buhari said his administration remained committed to freedom of worship, adding that “no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith”.

He also expressed his appreciation to the US for its support in the sale of military weapons to Nigeria to fight insecurity. “It’s helping us to stabilize the situation in the North-East, and we’ve made a lot of progress since 2015,” he said.

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“We are doing a lot on security, and the people involved appreciate our efforts.”

Hammed Zubair

posted 2021-11-19 08:12:37

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