New Telegraph

December 2, 2023

Anyone aggrieved with Lagos White Paper should seek legal redress – Lawyers

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ahamba and a rights activist, Mr. Kabir Akingbolu, have urged anyone dissatisfied with the White Paper issued by the Lagos State Government on the report submitted by EndSARS Panel of Inquiry to seek legal redress in court.

The lawyers while baring their minds on the contentious issue noted that right of access to court is inalienable to all citizens and that no law prohibits anyone from challenging government’s position in court. Speaking on the issue, Chief Mike Ahamba said: “It is difficult for anyone without additional facts to say anything on the rejection of recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on EndSARS by the Lagos State Government. But, what is really of concern to me was about what the pathologist was reported to have said at the panel regarding the number of people examined.

I want to believe that should be the authentic number of people affected. So, I want to fault the panel’s report on how that was handled. There was no need for members of the panel to be emotional with the assignment given to them. “That’s as much as I can say reading in- between the lines of newspapers reports. So, anyone who feels aggrieved, particularly fam-ilies of people attacked can seek legal redress. The White Paper can be challenged in court. We must stand up for the truth at all times because that’s the only way to set the record straight”. In his submissions, a rights activist, Mr. Kabir Akingbolu, was critical of the panel’s report saying it was full of conjectural analysis. He said anyone who is displeased with the action of the Lagos State Government on the report should seek legal redress.

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