EndSARS Report: Adegboruwa Raises Alarm on Alleged Threat to Life
Fausat Bello & Adebayo Fajinmi
One of the members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) has raised an alarm over the alleged plan to take his life following the #EndSARS report submitted by the panel, that the killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters can be equated to a massacre in context.
Adegboruwa made this known in a statement titled, ‘Nigerians Should Hold Government Responsible If Anything Happens to Me’ and seen by TOS NEWS on Monday.
He wrote, “Since the submission of the report of the Lagos #EndSARS Panel, there have been lots of threats and attacks, by those suspected to be agents of the government, upon me, especially in the media.
“I have not committed any crime beyond joining other eminent Nigerians with unblemished integrity, to accept the nomination of government on behalf of my constituency, the Nigerian Bar Association and the civil society and the indeed the masses of our people, for a national assignment.
“Two prominent lawyers of the government have openly incited opinions against me on national television, with mindless accusations. I have however refused to be intimidated or bend to the tactics of government to be silenced.
“I urge the good people of Nigeria, my professional colleagues in the Nigerian Bar Association, my comrades in the civil rights movement and the people of Nigeria, to hold government responsible should anything happen to me.
“Just last night, one of the prominent EndSARS protesters who testified before the Panel, Miss Kamsiyochukwu Ibe, was attacked and dealt serious machete blows, in what was clearly an attempted murder, as reported by her counsel, with very disturbing photos.
“I heeded the clarion call to serve by the government with the honest believe that the Panel was meant to say the truth and nothing but the truth, which is what we have done. It is left for government and Nigerians to do the needful with the report of the Panel.”
The Chairman, Editorial Board of the Nation Newspaper, Sam Omatseye in his column, In- Touch, titled “Time for literacy” on Monday faulted Adegboruwa for warning the government that he would release the report if it lies after it was submitted.
“Yet if we were to examine the leaked copy, it has not advertised the panel as a panoply of popes. First, one of the panelists should not have been there. He is Adegboruwa. As a senior advocate of Nigeria, he knows that he dilegitimised himself on two fronts. He was a perennially absent member of the group. Two, he has been a constant agitator on the Lekki Toll matter, and that makes his presence a conflict of interest and a moral faux pas. Lawyer Abiodun Owonikoko and a few others drew attention to this.
“Three, what was his point in warning the state government that freely appointed him to the panel not to interfere. Did he not understand the importance of official oaths? Would it not have conferred a better dignity if he waited till the white paper saw the light of day? We know that he is bright man, and with his bowtie and upright carriage, he has done a lot to merit the appellation of SAN. He should keep that bolt upright,” he wrote.
TOS NEWS reported that the Lagos state panel led by Justice Doris Okuwobi submitted its 309-page report to the Lagos State Government, noting that at least nine persons were confirmed dead at the Lekki toll plaza when soldiers stormed the tollgate to disperse EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020.