THE Federal Government has assured that there would be comprehensive justice for all Nigerians suffered police brutality. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave the assurance on Monday in Lagos State at the launch of the Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund.
Prof. Osinbajo, extended federal government’s “commiseration to the government and people of Lagos State for the loss of lives of citizens, the injured, and the colossal destruction of public and private properties, social amenities and infrastructure.
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, was both the epicenter of the #EndSARS protests and the destruction that followed few weeks ago.
Noting the unfortunate loss of lives and property in Lagos and across the country, the Vice President in a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande added that the whole nation was in need of healing and the Buhari administration will pursue restorative justice for all affected.
According to the VP, referencing President Buhari’s commitment to justice, “these deaths should never have happened. It is now our responsibility to honour their memory and ensure that justice is comprehensively served.
“Our State, like our Nation, is in need of healing. We recognize that the balm for a wounded society is truth and justice. This is why judicial panels of inquiry have been established all across the country. Their mandate is to investigate cases of police brutality against citizens, and where necessary compensate victims.
“Specifically, in Lagos, the mandate of the inquiry has been expanded to include a full investigation of the Lekki toll gate incidents. This process has begun and all Federal Agencies and the armed services are participating actively as Mr. President said, and I quote, ”We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.”
“In those difficult days when chaos swept from street to street consuming lives and livelihoods, we learned that society is built on the balance between freedom and order. But we have also realised that order itself is a social construct sustained by the consent of the governed.”
Earlier in their separate remarks, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, called for collaborative efforts in rebuilding Lagos, emphasising that the level of destruction could not be handled by the State Government alone.