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The lawyer, civil right activist and the Mayegun Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Dr Kayode Ajulo described the scenario concerning the police officer’s refusal on last week Tuesday to obey Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as a power play of the judiciary and Lagos State Government.

Speaking during an interview with Reuben Abati on City 105.1 FM on Saturday.

The incident has raised a slew of concerns, including state policing, true federalism, and police undermining the authority of a state governor, who is essentially characterized as the state's chief security officer in section 216 subsection 4 of the constitution.

The crisis at Magodo Phase 2 did not start under the watch of Governor Sanwo-Olu; the fight started as far back as 1969.

In 1984 the State started negotiations with the purported owners and We've been told that Shangisha Landlord Association lost out.

According to Dr Ajulo, “…by so doing the property is taken away from them and it was dawn on the landlords that the property taken away to build a hospital; is now sold to other people, and based on that premise they went to court.

“It was over 30 years ago and 29 years ago, Justice Balogun of Lagos High Court, gave an injunction that those landlords are entitled to 549 plots of land to be given to them.

“Instead of obeying court order, the matter moved to Appeal Court, from Appeal Court to supreme court.

“And in 2012, Supreme Court gave the judgement for the landlords that they are entitled to such plots of land.”

Ajulo refered to page 40 of the Court judgement, implying that the judgement emphatically explained and directed that, “these are the numbers of the plot that must be given to the land lords.”

“And what is expected from the government is to obey the law,” he said.

“Giving a contrary order, trying to subvert that reinforcement of that judgment, trying to subvert the pronouncement of the Supreme Court; is an impeachable offence,” Ajulo added.

However, Dr Reuben Abati stated that in 1988 Supreme Court decided; and the 2012 judgement by the Supreme Court is not declaratory.

Abati said, “The court weighed heavily on the side of the doctrine of equity.

“The judgement was not specific in terms of identifying plots of land.

“The judgement creditors who went to take possession are acting on their own.

“Which particular plot are they are attaching?

“Those buildings they marked, have certificate of occupancy,

“The residence of Magodo Phase two are saying that this land was allocated to them.”

Dr Ajulo’s reaction: “The equity of that case demand s that the Lagos government playing about four or three rules; apart from being a judgement creditor happen to be the government of the day, apart from being the government of the day; they are the trustee that hold the trust of the people and they are accountable whole to have been able to have sit down to say look our situation, justice must be done and it is expected within 12 years that this issue would have been resolved.”

Ajulo blamed the Lagos State government as the major provocateur of the Magodo issue.

He described what transpired between the Lagos State Governor the Police Officer a disservice and that incident cannot be used to canvass for State Police.

He described the statement the South West Governors led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State condemning the act, as being partisan.

In Ajuolo’s words, “the forum of Governor is to defend the governor and not even the state.”

He commended the Lagos State Government for setting up a committee to solve the inherent problem.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spokesperson Coalition of Concerned Civil Society Groups, Comrade Nelson Ekujumi stated that the panel arrived at a conclusion without premise

The human right and good governance advocate, said this in an interview as a guest on CityTalks with Reuben Abati where he seemed to have agreed with the position of the Lagos State government on the White Paper Report.

Ekujumi opined that the Whitepaper has come to do justice to inconsistencies.

The White Paper on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry report set up to investigate the Lekki Toll Gate incident on October 20, 2020 has elicited mixed opinions.

On October 20, 2020, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu launched a judicial panel led by Justice Doris Okuwobi to investigate petitions alleging police brutality in the state and alleged protester shootings.

The panel issued two reports on November 15, one on police brutality cases and the other on the probe into the Lekki incident.

Following the panel's report's submission, Sanwo-Olu formed a four-member team to draft a white paper on the panel's recommendations.

The white-paper committee will be chaired by Lagos Attorney-General Moyosore Onigbanjo.

The Lagos State Government revealed in the 24-page document that it accepted eleven (11), rejected one (1), and accepted six (six) with modifications out of the 32 recommendations made by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in its Report dated November 15, 2021.

Fourteen (14) proposals fall outside of Lagos State government's powers and will be referred to the Federal Government for consideration.

Ekujumi stated that he found it worrisome that the findings of the Judicial panel were not based on facts and evidence, but was premised on “hearsay.”

According to him, there are many inconsistencies and contradictions in the report that was submitted by the Justice Okuwobi’s panel.

He recalled three observations he had noticed in the report; “Nathaniel Solomon who said that his younger brother, Solomon Abuta was killed at the Lekki Toll gate.

“In the findings, I saw his name among the deceased.

“And that tells you that something is wrong with the Judicial Panel report and findings,” Ekujumi said.

He added, “When you look at the story concerning the death of his brother, this was a petitioner whose story was not corroborated by any utter of evidence.”

Another instance, Ekujumi mentioned was that of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Maroko Police Station and his men who were alleged by petitioners of being responsible for deaths of protesters on October 20, 2020 after the army had left.

The DPO was allegedly wearing white jalabia when he led his men to the toll gate and shot at protesters and killed them. 

He said, when the petitioners were asked about photo or video evidence of the DPO with white Jalabia bearing arms with his men; they didn’t have.

He stated further, that when the counsel summoned the DPO, he challenged his accusers to produce any iota of evidence to back up their claim. In addition, he told the panel that wearing a jalabia is not part of the police uniform, and that he could never have done so for safety and security reasons while on an operation.

Ekujumi added that when the petitioners were called for a rebuttal; they had no evidence.

Another mention by Ekujumi, was that of someone who was awarded N10 million who was not a petitioner.

He said, “From my own little understanding of the Judiciary, they are not a father Christmas.

“The person is not a petitioner; how did the panel resolve that they should give her N10million?”

When field with question concerning by Dr Reuben Abati about the position of Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), where the SAN said that the Lagos State is not in the position or has no power to either accept or reject recommendations of the panel, and what is regarded as inconsistencies are basically computer errors and there are more revelations that he will be willing to bring to the table.

In a reaction by Ekujumi, “if Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN, has any quarrel with the findings of the panel’s report and as well as the white paper released by the government, he has the option of going to court to challenge the white paper or the legality of the white paper.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comrade Declan Ihekiare, human right activist and an independent observer of the EndSARS panel report is of the opinion that the bulk of the blame should go to the Federal government in charge of security agencies.

Ihekiare said this on Saturday on CityTalks with Reuben Abati, where he stated that apology should come from the Federal government.

The EndSARS panel, headed by a retired judge, Doris Okuwobi, had on Monday submitted its reports on the Lekki shooting and police brutality during the October 2020 EndSARS protests, to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

However, due to trust concerns, a member of the panel allegedly leaked the report to the public.

The Nigerian Army, Police, and other complicit persons were charged in the killings at the Lekki toll gate, according to the report.

The Panel report, has generated a lot of controversies, whereby the counsel for the State and for the victims were controverted.

In a reaction from the state government, “whoever leaked the report is not following due process.”

He expressed his displeasure on the attacks coming from both the lawyer from the state and that of the panel.

The human right activist stated categorically that the EndSARS report needs to be subjected to critical analysis.

However, he made a few mentions of discrepancies he observed in the report.

According to him, “I was not comfortable with the report where 4 protesters were presumed dead.

“I wanted a situation, where the panel will come up to confirm their demise.

“I saw a situation where the panel was saying that we are equating what happened that day to a massacre.

“In my view, a massacre is a massacre, you don’t need to equate anything.

“It is either there was a massacre there or not.”

He added, the report should be all sided, which implies that everybody that was affected in the struggle that led to the establishment of the panel should be included.”

In Ihekiare’s recommendations, both the federal government, Lagos state government and the military need to come up with their own white paper.