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#EndSARS panel was illegal. States can’t probe military and police – Festus Keyamo (video)

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo, has faulted the judicial panel of inquiry set as much as examine instances of police brutality and SARS-related abuses throughout the nation, saying it’s unlawful.

Whereas responding to a query in regards to the place of the federal government particularly concerning a leaked report by the Lagos judicial panel, the human rights lawyer in an interview with Channels TV, mentioned the state authorities cannot examine the conduct of policemen and navy. 

“I cannot reply this query as a sitting minister. I’ll reply this query as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and so, I’m entitled to my very own opinion. This isn’t the Federal Authorities’s place. For me, that panel was an unlawful panel.

All legal professionals who’re listening to me ought to return and the Tribunal Act of Lagos state. It says that the governor would have energy to inquire into the conduct of any particular person, chieftaincy issues and so forth that might promote the great of the general public.

Nevertheless, any particular person there was outlined in part 21 to imply public officers of the state. This implies someone throughout the public service of Lagos state. or of the native authorities because the case could also be. The phrase was used on the finish of part one which says ”any matter”, that’s they will inquire into any matter.

So individuals now suppose that to inqure into any matter, it means that you could simply be at massive, you possibly can inquire into any matter.

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Nevertheless, should you take a look at part 21 once more of the Tribunal of Inquiry legislation, it says that it needs to be throughout the legislative competence of Lagos state. The particular person or the matter should be throughout the legislative competence of Lagos state. In different phrases, it’s only individuals over whom the Lagos state has management that they will inquire into their conduct. If should not have management over me, you possibly can inquire into my conduct. 

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The police males, armed forces and navy are usually not underneath the management, they don’t seem to be officers of Lagos state. They’re officers of the Federal authorities. By advantage of the structure, it’s only the Federal authorities that may management the conduct of the policemen and the navy. Lagos state will not be and can’t be in management. You can not legislate too concerning police and navy issues. 

You can not say you now disguise underneath that phrase of any matter to defeat the unique function of the legislation that claims don’t transcend the individuals over whom you’ve management. 

So while you now say any matter and in the midst of delving into any matter you now name individuals and start to inquire into the conduct of individuals not underneath your management. It’s unlawful. Utterly unlawful. And no paper or suggestion can come out of an unlawful panel. Nothing1 ”he mentioned

On November 15, the panel of inquiry into the October 20, 2020 taking pictures on the Lekki tollgate submitted its findings to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The panel in its report accused the Nigerian Military and Police of finishing up a bloodbath on the protesters on the Lekki tollgate.

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