The US government urged on the Nigerian and Lagos state governments on Tuesday to address alleged abuses highlighted in a report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the violence surrounding the #EndSARS demonstration in October 2020.
The US Consulate General in Lagos praised the panel’s efforts in a statement, calling it “a tremendous step forward” in the effort to hold all those responsible for violence on nonviolent protestors accountable.
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.”
After months of deliberation, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry delivered a 309-page report to the state administration on Monday.
The Nigerian Army and Nigerian Police Force were implicated in the study for the deaths of at least nine demonstrators and the injuries of others.
Security officers were also criticized by the panel for preventing ambulances from rescuing wounded protestors, resulting in the deaths of several of them.
Nigerians have been outraged by the news, and have demanded that the Lagos and federal governments be held accountable for the killings.