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Lagos Commissioner – ‘Panel has power to invite anybody’

Panel has power to invite anybody – Lagos Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, has said the governor will appear before the sitting if the state judicial panel investigating the Lekki tollgate incident decides to invite him.

Omotoso, in an interview with PUNCH pointed out that he was not aware if the governor had been invited by the judicial panel.

Panel has power to invite anybody – Lagos Commissioner
Panel has power to invite anybody – Lagos Commissioner

He said, “I’m not aware that he (the governor) has been invited or he is going to be invited. It is only when they invite him that we can begin to talk about whether he will be there or not. But I know that the panel has the power to invite whoever will help them to clear the air on whatever issues the panel wants to decide on.

“But I’m not aware of such invite. If it turns out that the governor is invited, he is like any other Nigerian. He set up the panel in the first place and if they invite him, why not?”

Moreso, counsel for some #EndSARS protesters in Lagos State, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, has said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will have to appear before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

Ogunlana said since the military claimed before the panel that their operation on that day was on the invitation of the governor, it would be important for the governor to appear before the panel, particularly to demonstrate his professed belief in the rule of law.

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