EndSARS: Why we want Toll Gate reopened – Panel
By John Eche
The Lagos State Government-convened panel investigating incidents of police brutality, the EndSARS protests and the alleged killing of protesters by security agents has explained that it wants the Lekki Toll Gate returned to the Lekki Concession Company, LCC because it has substantially collated all the evidence it needs from the facility.
A source close to the panel told The Difference that continuing to forbid the company from taking possession of the facility at the moment may amount to another injustice of sorts.
Asked to clarify if the resistance of mainly civil society and youth members of the panel to the decision to return the Toll Gate to the LCC was not possibly connected with their frustration over the continued closure of the bank accounts of protest leaders at the instance of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the source said that though the panel appreciated the situation and wished it had not happened in the first place, there was very little they could do about that.
The protests against police brutality had culminated in the controversial deployment of troops to enforce a hastily pronounced curfew that has been the subject of public dissension since then.
Critics of the decision to reopen the Toll Gate against the protestations of the youth and civil society members say that poor handling of the ongoing situation may cast doubts on the integrity and credibility of the panel’s final report.