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Lagos Suspends Mass Burial for #EndSARS Protest Victims

The Lagos State Government has decided to postpone the planned mass burial for the 103 corpses recovered in the aftermath of the October 2020 #EndSARS protest. This suspension follows the controversy that erupted when the government initially announced the burial plan in July.

A leaked memo dated July 19, 2023, exposed the government’s intention to conduct a mass burial, leading to objections from human rights organizations and civil society groups. Both Amnesty International and the Coalition of #EndSARS Protesters and Supporters have called for the suspension of the mass burial and have urged transparent coroner inquests and autopsies for the victims.

In response, the state government, through Mr. Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, exclusively informed The PUNCH that they will adhere to international best practices in conducting the mass burial. The primary reason for the suspension is to provide more time for the families of the victims to identify their loved ones.

According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, the mass burial remains on hold to allow ample time for relatives to make identifications. The government emphasized that no identifications have been received thus far. The burial will take place in due course, giving people sufficient time to check if their relatives are among the deceased.

As the Commissioner for Information and Strategy mentioned, this delay is in line with the initial suggestion when the government first revealed its plans for a mass burial.

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