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The tenure of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of SARS Associated Abuses and different issues has once more been prolonged for one more three months.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi acknowledged this whereas listening to petitions on Friday.
Because of this the panel will now sit till October 19, a day earlier than the October 20, 2020 shootings on the Lekki toll gate.
Recall that the Lagos State judicial panel was inaugurated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on October 27, 2020.
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The panel was set as much as final for a interval of six-month in response to the federal government acceding to the five-for-five calls for of the #EndSARS protesters with a mandate to look into abuses by safety companies and the now-disbanded SARS unit of the Nigeria police drive and to make suggestions to the authorities for restitution to victims of abuses.
The preliminary six months sitting of the Lagos panel expired on April 27, 2021, and the panel was granted a three-month tenure extension which is meant to run out on Monday, July 19 however as of June 29, the panel had sat for 97 days and solely heard 126 petitions out of the 235 petitions it acquired.
For the reason that graduation of the listening to, 37 had been concluded whereas 109 petitions remained unheard necessitating the request for an extension of time.
At Friday’s sitting, the panel heard eleven petitions. It reserved its determination in six petitions after counsel within the issues adopted their last written addresses.