A member of the Judicial Panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State government to investigate and make a recommendation on the #EndSARS protest of Oct. 20, 2020, has urged residents of the state to tread with caution while pleading with Lagosians to refrain from further protests at the Lekki Toll Plaza.
Barrister Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) made the plea on Wednesday in a statement tagged “Special Appeal to Nigerians/Lagosians on Protest and Counter-protest’’.
The panel had ruled last Saturday that the Lekki Concession Company could return to the plaza to start the process of repairs and resume their business.
This decision was not well accepted by many as there are plans by some groups to occupy the plaza on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Adegboruwa said, “I will like to plead most passionately that the protest and counter-protest be shelved, at least for now based on the reasons stated hereunder.
“The judicial panel of inquiry is still sitting and it is yet to make any finding or recommendations on the Lekki Toll Gate incident of Oct. 20, 2020.
“The alleged bloodshed, mayhem, repressions and violence of October 2020 in general should not be encouraged to be repeated again.
“The panels of inquiry that were set up were all done in response to the #EndSARS “Five for Five’’ demands; it will be good to await the decisions of these panels.
“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.
“I am concerned about the consequences of protests and counter-protests at the same location in relation to security and likely violation of COVID-19 protocols, given the rising wave of the pandemic in Lagos State especially.
“While the assignment of investigating the Lekki Toll Gate incident of Oct. 20, 2020, is yet to be concluded by the panel, it will be premature to proceed on it as the basis of renewed calls for protest and counter-protest.
“It is safer for now for the Lagos State Government and its agencies, the #EndSARS group and indeed all those concerned with the Lekki Toll Gate incident to await the final report of the panel.
“I, therefore, plead that the protest and counter-protest slated for Saturday, Feb. 13, or any other date be put on hold,’’ he said.