Youth rep, Rinu Oduala quits Lagos #EndSARS panel

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Youth representatives in the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses, Rinu Oduala has resigned from the panel saying “I will not do is be part of a cover-up”.

The social activist who is part of the conveners of the #EndSARS protest expressed displeasure over the outcome of the panel which granted approval for the return of Lekki tollgate to the control of Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

Oduala in a statement released on twitter described the development as an act of injustice saying: “My stand on the reopening on the toll gate is clear; the state govt & the private organization operating the toll have not been cleared of collusion with elements allegedly deployed by the federal govt to target citizens on home soil during a time of peace, without provocation.

“Justice has not been served, and as a representative of the Nigerian citizenry, my only recourse is to stay the course of justice.

“Let me be clear: I chose to honour the invitation to represent my peers and to stand as an example that any Nigerian has the right to demand accountability of elected government officials and that our institutions, however flawed, can still deliver justice.

“What I will not do is be part of a cover-up.   I am proud that I took the invitation because some of the successes the panel has recorded so far have been incredibly powerful for the people.

“For the first time, SARS victims have had the opportunity to be truly seen & heard by the govt, by the public, & by the system that let them to be victims in the first place. The panel allowed victims of police intimidation & brutality to have their day in the light of justice.

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“They got to expose the violence that was meted out, to experience some catharsis from having the government acknowledge its failures and, in many cases, are going to be receiving some compensation, however inadequate for the disruption to their lives.

She said though the government has heard complaints, they have not done enough to overhaul the country’s security architecture.

“I will be stepping down from the Lagos Judicial Panel as it is now obvious that the government is only out to use us for performative actions”, she added.