SARS-Abuse Judicial Panel: Four Things to Know

Yesterday, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, launched the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution into SARS Abuses. Four things to know:⁠⠀

1. The panel has three functions: investigation of SARS brutality cases; compensation of SARS victims and/or victim’s families; justice: according to Sanwo-Olu: the panel will ‘recommend the prosecution’ of officers who are found guilty in the course of its investigations. Sanwo-Olu has compared the panel to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee used in countries with a history of human rights abuses (like post-apartheid South Africa). ⁠⠀

2. Four states have now launched judicial panels. Similar panels have been set up in Kaduna, Delta and Ekiti.⁠⠀

3. The panel currently lacks youth representatives, but has two seats reserved for young people (aged under 35). The state plans to announce its youth representatives tomorrow but you can still nominate someone via the link in our bio. ⁠⠀

4. While some Nigerians have commended the Lagos government for setting up a judicial panel, many consider the panel to be the government’s way of saving face by quickly containing the #EndSARSprotests.⁠⠀

Credit, Adams x Tomisin, Editorial Interns for Republic Journal

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