Tuesday , November 24 2020

Adegboruwa Tackles Fashola Over Lagos Mayhem Video Camera

Adegboruwa Tackles Fashola Over Lagos Mayhem Video Camera

By Akanimo Sampson

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has taken on his fellow SAN and Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, over a video camera on the Lagos mayhem.

Adegboruwa is faulting the supposed discovery of a video camera recorder by the minister at the Lekki toll plaza on Sunday.

This is playing out as former Military Administrator of Lagos State and Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA), Mohammed Buba Marwa, is calling on the Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue and constructive engagement with authorities at all levels of government to achieve their demands and the realisation of Nigeria of their dream.

Marwa, a retired Army Brig-General made the appeal in a statement to commiserate with the victims of the Lekki shooting and all others including security agents who lost their lives, properties or got injured during the EndSARS protests across the country.

“As a former military administrator of Lagos with great bonds and cherished affinity with the good people of the state, I was deeply troubled and worried by the news reports I got about the ugly turn of events at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday October 20, 2020 and the subsequent wanton destruction of public and private assets.

‘’This should never have been if peaceful protesters had not been confronted with live bullets and innocent lives lost in the process. The chain reaction that followed and the hijack of that by some other elements, motivated by other motives should serve as a great lesson to all stakeholders in the Nigerian project”, he says.

He equally commiserated with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu and other state governors and leaders who equally lost human lives and public assets in their various states.

He expressed concern that the current hijack of the EndSARS protests by suspected hoodlums, looters and arsonists is capable of undermining the genuine and noble agitation of the Nigerian youths.

Adding, he said, “no doubt, the demands of the youths have caught the attention of government at all levels and even the international community. As such, I want to implore them that now that their statement had been made loud and clear, they should modify their strategy; embrace the dialogue option, so as to deny fifth columnists the chance to change the narrative of their struggle and tarnish their unblemished agenda.”

Continuing, he said the spate of violent attacks, mindless destruction, looting and arson across the country underscores and brings to the front burner the urgent need to wage ferocious war against substance abuse in the country.

Marwa explains that the prevalent cases of substance abuse by some hoodlums have aggravated the mayhem in some parts of the country.

“More than ever before, the recent events have again shown that there is the urgent need to expedite all pending actions by government to tackle and make decisive moves against substance and drug abuse in the country.”

In the mean time, Adegboruwa in a statement accused Fashola of allegedly usurping the powers of the panel of inquiry on SARS abuses.

Fashola while conducting a tour of the toll plaza alongside governors and ministers from Western Nigeria, supposedly discovered a camera at the toll plaza five days after the shooting of unarmed EndSARS protesters by armed security forces.

For Adegboruwa, since the state government has established an independent panel of inquiry to investigate what transpired at the tollgate, the panel should be allowed to do its work.

Adegboruwa Tackles Fashola Over Lagos Mayhem Video Camera

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