The Lagos government will do everything in its power to investigate the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza, Governor Babajide Sanw-Olu has promised.
But Sanwo-Olu added that President Muhammadu Buhari, being Nigeria’s commnander-in-chief, is the only once that can execute justice (or stand in the way of it).
Sanwo-Olu, who said the state is in possession of video evidence regarding the role of Nigerian soldiers at the shooting, made the comments during an interview on CNN.
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Lagos has set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate police crimes and the Lekki shooting. But that panel cannot sentence anyone found guilty. It can only report to a higher authority: Buhari.
“I am not the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am governor of a state,” he said on Monday.
“The report would be out and we would channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the state to ensure that every one that is found culpable is accountable for the act.”
Lagos’s judicial panel, led by a retired justice Doris Okuwobi, will be sitting at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lekki. Sitting begins today.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has told the Nigerian soldiers who may have been involved in the shooting to not be afraid of being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.