President Muhammadu Buhari says the federal government will await the steps taken by Lagos state, before he takes action on the report of its judicial panel of enquiry. The Lagos panel, in it’s findings submitted to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had said security operatives shot at unarmed protesters.
The panel had also listed recommendations, including ensuring justice for victims and bringing security operatives found culpable to justice.
Speaking on Thursday at a meeting with Antony Blinken, United States secretary of state, in Abuja, Buhari said the federal government will take up the report after Lagos has concluded work on it.
He also said other state governments will have to take steps on the reports of their panels, before the federal government acts on the recommendations.
According to his Spokesperson, Femi Adeshina, Buhari said “So many state governments are involved, and have given different terms of reference to the probe panels.”
“We at the Federal have to wait for the steps taken by the states, and we have to allow the system to work. We can’t impose ideas on them. Federal Government has to wait for the reaction of the states.”
According to the statement, the US secretary of state described the report of the #EndSARS probe panel as “democracy in action”, and said he looks forward to necessary reforms within security agencies.