The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and the October 20 Lekki Toll Gate killings has received 15 petitions from victims of abuses barely a week after it was constituted.
The chairperson of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi (Rtd), disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Monday.
Justice Okuwobi urged other victims of SARS abuse and that of the Lesli Toll Gate to come forward with their petitions.
She said that the panel is independent of the government and will ensure that individuals with valid complaints of human rights violations will receive justice.
“If their cases are dispose of in a month or two, compensation if recommended would go to the victims immediately to assuage their pain
“We are looking forward to memoranda from those affected by the unfortunate incident of the shooting at the Lekki Tollgate plaza by the military.
“The panel has received not less than 15 petitions relating to the disbanded SARS”, she said.
Justice Okuwobi said the panel will formally start sitting on Tuesday.
“We are indeed ready to commence the public sitting. The petitions are here without the petitioners around, the panel will start full proceedings tomorrow, October 27.
She said the panel will work with the civil society to assist them with credible evidence of the killings at the Lekki Tollgate Plaza.