Counsel for the Lagos State Government, has said that there are about 40 disparities in the report submitted by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the claimed massacre during EndSARS protest at Lekki tollgate.
Owonikoko, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who served as counsel to the Lagos State Government during the year-long sitting of the EndSARS judicial panel revealed this during an interview with journalists on Thursday.
Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel on Monday, November 15 submitted its report to the Lagos State Government.
Findings of the 309-page report titled, ‘Report of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020, showed that there was a “massacre in context” at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.
The panel also noted that at least 48 protesters were either killed, injured, or assaulted by soldiers and police.
Owonikoko, however, condemned some of the findings in the report, saying that important details were omitted by the panel.
He also expressed displeasure that the findings and recommendations of the panel were made public.
The lawyer said, “By law, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the panel were not supposed to be made public. The report making rounds on social media is a draft of a minority opinion because I was there all through the proceedings.
“I am particularly shocked to read what is contained in the report because it is not completely accurate. I sighted over 40 discrepancies in this report, including awarding N15 million to someone who was a witness to a police brutality incident that had nothing to do with the Lekki incident. What kind of report is that?
“All the evidence we were able to gather during the proceedings, none of them could be fully established.
“The mistake made by the government was not setting up an entirely different panel to look into the Lekki incident because there are some members of the panel that are protagonists in the case against the Police. They were not supposed to be a part of it.”
However, one of the members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has said there are documents to defend the report submitted by the panel to the state government.
He enjoined the state government to focus on the recommendations in the report instead of seeking to demonise panel members or to evade responsibility.
He added that it is uncharitable for the government to be talking about discrepancies.