A week after threatening to publish the full report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for the Victims of SARS-Related Abuses and Other Matters if the government fails to honour its recommendations, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a member of the panel, has said his life is at risk.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Adegboruwa said he was being targeted by government-sponsored agents, especially in the media.
“Since the submission of the report of the Lagos #EndSARS Panel, there have been lots of threats and attacks by those suspected to be agents of the government upon me, especially in the media” he wrote.
“I have not committed any crime beyond joining other eminent Nigerians with unblemished integrity, to accept the nomination of government on behalf of my constituency, the Nigerian Bar Association and the civil society and the indeed the masses of our people, for a national assignment.
“Two prominent lawyers of the government have openly incited opinions against me on national television, with mindless accusations.
I have however refused to be intimidated or bend to the tactics of government to be silenced.”
Adegboruwa, a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), found his way to the panel after Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, nominated him to represent the civil society.
He urge “the good people of Nigeria, my professional colleagues in the Nigerian Bar Association, my comrades in the civil rights movement and the people of Nigeria, to hold government responsible should anything happen to me”.
“I heeded the clarion call to serve by the government with the honest believe that the Panel was meant to say the truth and nothing but the truth, which is what we have done,” he said.
“It is left for government and Nigerians to do the needful with the report of the Panel. God bless Nigeria.”
Adegboruwa’s pleas came barely 24 hours after Kamsiyochukwu Ibe, one of the witnesses that appeared before the panel, was attacked by unidentified persons.
“Last night, I was attacked on my way back from TNS by three guys whom I thought were passersby,” Ibeh said in a gory video capturing herself and her blood-stained wounds, obtained by FIJ.
“We were standing at the bus-stop waiting for a vehicle, only one of them to shed light on my face. One said, this girl from panel, shebi an una sabi pass, una no wan step back abi?“
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