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Toll gate reopening: It will be premature to hold protests, await final report of Panel – Adegboruwa

A member of the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry on restitution and compensation for victims of SARS-related abuses has appealed to youth to suspend their planned protest and counter protest at the Lekki Toll gate on Saturday.

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa stated that the Panel of Inquiry is still sitting and yet to make any finding or recommendations, on the Lekki Toll Gate Incident of 20th October, 2020, beyond the majority and dissenting decisions of 6th October, 2021, all of which are purely interlocutory and not final.

He also says the “alleged bloodshed, mayhem, repressions and violence of October 2020 in general, should not be encouraged to be repeated again.”

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria urged all concerned, including the State government to be Patient and await the panel’s decisions, noting that, a protest or counter-protest at this time, may work to jeopardize the overall work of the Panel, the witnesses appearing or to appear, the testimonies, the investigations or even affect its ultimate assignment.

According to him, “The points made for and against interlocutory decisions of the Panel have been noted and they will be collated for necessary action, in consideration of the final report of the Panel.”

He also factored security and covid-19 concerns, as possible consequences of staging the protests.

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