Outrage has greeted the planned swearing-in of youth representatives to the Lagos State Judicial Panel handling cases of police brutality and killing of #EndSARS protesters by men of the Nigerian Army on Octber 20, 2020.
The outrage follows the oath of secrecy administered on members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
According to report made available to Inside Life, the oath of secrecy administered on panel members reads in part:
I solemnly swear/affirm that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal any matter to any person which shall be brought under my consideration or shall come to my knowledge in the discharge of my official duties, except as may be required for the discharge of my official duties or as may be officially permitted by the governor. So help me God/Allah.
According to Dr. Harvey Olufunmilayo, a popular social media influencer, the oath of secrecy was not a good sign.
If Lagos asked members of the panel to sign an oath of secrecy, just know there is no depth these people will not sink into to cover the truth. If members of the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry are truly made to sign an oath of secrecy, now is the time to end that scam.
These panels are a public inquiry into a matter of public interest about public crimes and atrocities committed by the police. Televise all panel sessions.
Also sharing his thought on the development, UK-based influencer, Dr. Dipo Awojide noted that the state government should try to build trust among the youths, saying that the oath of secrecy could undermine this.
There is absolutely no need for folks joining the panel in Lagos State to swear an oath of secrecy. It just makes everything look suspect from the get-go. Trust level is currently at the lowest level. Lagos State Government should do everything to build trust.
There is absolutely no need for folks joining this panel in Lagos state to swear an oath of secrecy. It just makes everything look suspect from the get go. Trust levels is currently at the lowest level, @jidesanwoolu. LASG should be doing everything to build trust! #EndSARS
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) October 27, 2020
This is coming at a time when Nigerians are become critical of the government of the day due to their failure over the years.