Just want to say that we should not stop asking questions about panels and stuff. Many of the people (we know who) that would likely be nominated for us are super busy and might not extensively look into the legal or judicial practicalities of panels.

We can't let govt trick us.
Oputa panel has been mentioned a lot. But we must remember that panel failed. Why?

1. Oputa panel was set up by the President (federal). However, after it compiled its report, govt relied upon a Supreme Court decision which said only states can set up "panels of inquiry".
So, the panel itself had no legal basis and was doomed from the start. The panel that was just set up for restitution to victims, did LSG tell us under which law it was set up? No. This makes it difficult to check whether the panel won't be later declared null and void.
2. During Oputa panel, some of the key witnesses were supposed to be ex heads of state. However, they all had immunity under the Constitution, so none of them testified or could be required to appear.

Who exactly can this new panel invite for questioning?
If it is an investigative panel, can a state panel validly require federal officers (SARS) to appear? Or the IGP? What rules would the panel follow? Can it make legally binding decisions or just recommendations?

I don't know the answers but we need to know them.
Since there are so many considerations, I cannot imagine panels are one of our short term demands.

There are actions govt can take right now (secure safety of protesters; actually enforce SARS dissolvement and all officers to Abuja; etc.) that they have not taken.
3. Oputa panel also suffered from lack of funding. I think they only heard about 200 petitions submitted from 10,000 b/c they had to rush.

Currently, we are seeing the power of our decentralized funding. What happens if LSG now says funds for the panel have finished?
Perhaps, in the mid-term-long term, instead of panels, we should consider some of what Rwanda did to address the war crimes after the genocide?

They set up both a special international criminal court and unique customary courts. Seems much stronger to me, legally, than a panel.
Disclaimer: Please don't treat me like an authority on any of these things. I'm just thinking out loud and trying to further our conversations and efforts. ❤️ #EndSARS

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18 Oct
Hello Falz! Thanks for the clarification.

At the end of the day, it is the Office of the AG for each state that will ultimately decide whether or not to prosecute.

Given that this power is discretionary, what happens if the AGs choose not to prosecute?
@falzthebahdguy Additionally, this means we are reliant upon the prosecutors in each state’s Ministry of Justice to obtain a conviction in court.

Given that our judicial process is already slow and our courts are congested, do you not see potential problems arising?
@falzthebahdguy Especially given the sheer number of cases that will be brought. With due respect, our Ministries of Justice already operate slowly due to bureaucracy.

I believe given all of these factors, we may end up with an overwhelmed Ministry with too many cases.
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Whatever happens, I hope panel activities are always public. And if it’s rubbish they’re doing there, youth reps should leave it immediately.

And nobody should say “we’ve formed a panel so let’s relax and give them time to...” no.

Panel can hold virtually abeg.
Like I said, I’ll support whoever is voted in because it’s brave to represent us at such a time. And important.

BUT such people should know exactly what they’re getting into and we should help in asking those questions now.
Action by govt must predate panel activities for it to matter.

No panel recommendation to the IGP will matter if the IGP cannot give an order that police do not follow (like we have now).

No recommendation to Pres will matter if Bu is laughing when receiving protest demands.
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Me sha I can’t nominate anybody for that panel because I don’t believe in panels. Plus I’d feel disgusted knowing I nominated people to be forced into spaces with cufflinks.

But I will firmly support those nominated.
I don’t see how they will take a panel seriously when they cannot even take actual action steps in the first place. People are still being killed daily. The IGP has no control over police. Bubu is laughing. Ki ni panel?
But they’re monitoring all our tweets and being reactive to trendy ideas. We said it was dumb to only have one person and we should have a say in who gets in. Boom they gave us more slots and said online voting.
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I’ll tweet my thoughts tomorrow. For now, light a candle and some incense for the lives lost. We continue fighting ❤️ #EndSARS
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L**** is a combination of... privilege, inconsistent organisation, understandable pent up emotions, inability to party/enjoy for months due to covid, lack of full appreciation for police brutality, and lack of empathy.
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