#EndSARS Panel: Adegboruwa, Ubani Oppose Keyamo

A member of the Lagos #EndSARS panel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, and a former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Vice President, Monday Ubani, have opposed Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, SAN, over the legality of the panels which probed police brutality in the States and Lekki Tollgate shootings in Lagos.

Keyamo, speaking on a Channels TV programme Sunday Politics, questioned the legality of the panels, adding that he spoke as a lawyer and not as a Minister.

“All the Panels of Inquiry set up by the various States of the federation following the crisis that arose as the result of #EndSars protest all over the country are illegal,” he said.

But Adegboruwa, who among other panel members has been in the spotlight following a controversial leaked report of the Lagos panel, berated the Minister’s view, saying it was formed because the outcome of the Lagos panel did not favour the Federal Government.

The human rights activist reacted to Keyamo’s assertion in a statement on Monday, titled: “The legality of #EndSARS panels.

Adegboruwa said: “The Federal Government has recently muted the idea that all the Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up by the various States across the Federation, especially that of Lagos State, are illegal.

“It has never been part of our legal system in Nigeria, for a plaintiff who approached the court in the first instance, to turn around to challenge the legality or jurisdiction of the court.

“The #EndSARS Panels were set up at the behest of the Federal Government, through the National Economic Council. In the case of the Lagos Panel, the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Army, voluntarily submitted itself to the jurisdiction of the Panel, the Federal Government called witnesses, it tendered documents and it made very lengthy presentations.


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