A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has countered the claim that the Lagos panel set up to probe police brutality and alleged killings at Lekki tollgate is illegal.
The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr. Festus Keyamo in an interview on Channels TV, said the panel was illegal.
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Keyamo’s intervention came after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had dismissed the report as fake news and tales by moonlight.
But Adegboruwa, a member said the panels were set up at the behest of the federal government through the National Economic Council (NEC).
He insisted that the panel has the power to probe the institutions of the federal government including the military.
According to him, the federal government through the Army willingly submitted to the Lagos panel and tendered documents.
He said, “The federal government has recently muted the idea that all the Judicial Panels of Inquiry set up by the various states across the Federation, especially that of Lagos State, are illegal.
“It has never been part of our legal system in Nigeria, for a plaintiff who approached the court in the first instance, to turn around to challenge the legality or jurisdiction of the court.”