Minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed has faulted the leaked report of the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry on #EndSARS and cases of police brutality.
The panel had in its leaked report indicted the army and police, saying they shot at #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020 and killed several persons in the process.
However, the minister, while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, described the allegations as “tales by moonlight.”
Mohammed said the Federal Government had read the report and was well placed to respond.
“Without mincing words, let me say that never in the history of any judicial panel in this country has its report been riddled with so many errors, inconsistencies, discrepancies, speculations, innuendoes, omissions and conclusions that are not supported by evidence,” he said.
“What is circulating in public space is simply a rehash of the unverified fake news that has been playing on social media since the incident of Oct.20th 2020.
“It is simply incredible that a judicial panel set up to investigate an incident has submitted a report laden with allegations, the same allegations it was set up to investigate in the first instance. Instead of sitting for all of one year, the panel could have just compiled social media ‘tales by the moonlight’ on the incident and submitted, saving taxpayers’ funds and everyone’s time.”
Mohammed highlighted some errors in the report, saying “The report threw away the testimony of ballistic experts who testified before it.
“The experts said, inter alia, in their testimony: ‘The Team, finds that from the medical data examined, including the timeline of arrival at medical facility and the nature of the injuries sustained by the victims, who were taken to medical facilities.”
We will review Appeal Court’s ruling, decide on next action – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has stated that it will review the Appeal Court’s decision ordering the union to end its strike in order to decide its course of action.
Naija News 247 had reported that the appeal court on Friday ordered the union to return to work as earlier ordered by the National Industrial Court with immediate effect.
ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke told reporters in response to the new court ruling that the union has not yet received the Appeal Court decision in its entirety.
He stated that after receiving the verdict, the union would review the paperwork with its attorneys and determine its course of action.
He said, “We have not received the ruling, when we get it, we will review it with our lawyer and then we can take the next step”.
Naija News 247 recalls that the Federal Government, following its inability to reach a truce with the university lecturer, dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court on September 11.
The court on September 24, ordered the striking lecturers to return to class while negotiation with the Federal Government continues.
Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellate court to appeal the ruling.
Appeal court orders ASUU members to resume work immediately
The Court of Appeal has ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end their eight-month-long strike immediately.
The court, however, granted the application on the condition that the union follow the lower court’s ruling and immediately call off the strike, pending the outcome of the substantive suit.
Following the lower court’s ruling, the court gave ASUU seven days to file an appeal.
Naija News 247 reports that the National Industrial Court, on Sept. 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike.
The court gave the order following a notice filed by the Federal Government urging the lecturers to return to classrooms.
In his decision on the interlocutory injunction, the trial judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the strike until the Federal Government’s suit against ASUU was resolved.
Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellant court to appeal the ruling.
Buhari presents 2023 budget to National Assembly
President Muhammadu Buhari lays the 2023 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly on Friday.
Buhari entered the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives, venue of the ceremony at 10:07am.
Naija News 247 had reported that Senate Present, Ahmed Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday said Buhari will present the N19.76tn budget to the parliament at a ceremony scheduled to commence at 10am.
There is heavy presence of personnel from military, paramilitary and safety agencies on the premises.
Men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Fire Service and sergeants-at-arms were deployed for the special duty.
The security operatives have manned strategic points in and around the building, with stricter security checks on vehicles and persons entering the building.
Select members of staff, essential service providers and journalists were issued tags to gain access into the premises.
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