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EndSARS: White Paper Not Known To Law — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has said the concept of White Paper report is not known to the Nigerian law.

This is as he said the result of the EndSARS Panel cannot be tampered with by the Federal and state governments.

According to him, the White Paper report issued by the Lagos State government in response to the Panel’s report is not backed by law and therefore cannot negate the Panel’s report.

Falana said, “We are not unaware of the purported rejection of the report of the commission by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed and the pressure on the White Paper committee by some anti-democratic forces to advise the governor to jettison the findings and recommendations of the commission.

“Such critics are certainly not aware that there is no provision for the issuance of a White Paper under the law. In other words, a White Paper is a mere administrative medium for conveying the decision or position of the government on the report of an administrative or judicial enquiry.

“Therefore, since the White Paper committee is not known to law, its members are not competent to edit, modify, alter, edit or reject the report of the commission. More so, that the members of White Paper committee did not have the opportunity of taking evidence from the witnesses who had testified before the commission.”

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