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LASTMA KILLINGS: LAGOS’LL NOT CONDONE LAWBREAKERS – SANWO-OLU

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…Says Enough Of Killings Of Enforcement Officers

…Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned that government will not condone any form of disobedience to the laws of the State, vowing that harsh punishment awaits anyone who attacks men of the State’s law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.

The Governor sent the warning on Monday at the residence of the late Ola Ganiyu Oyeshina – the slain officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who died last Saturday after an attack on him by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa.

The late Oyeshina, 34, hailed from Osun State. He was said to be an orphan.

The Governor, who expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing of Oyeshina, said the incident of his unfortunate death is a wake-up call to all Lagosians, describing the attack on the LASTMA officer as “mindless and callous”.

He said the Government would “thoroughly prosecute” the arrested culprits to send a clear signal to those who have penchant for attacking law enforcement agents in the line of duty.

He wondered why some members of the public would take pride in brutalising those working to make the society better and safe. He vowed to make Lagos inhabitable for those inclined to disobey the State’s traffic laws.

He said: “In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.

“I think this is the level at which we need to make this very stern warning that we will not stop at ensuring that we implement and enforce our laws not minding which force is involved. Lagos will not condone people that will not obey our laws.

He added: “We cannot be condoning reckless killing and sending our young men to early grave. This government certainly will not stand for that.”

 “We are using this opportunity to tell people that Lagos wants to remain secured and safe for all of us.”

Members of the State Executive Council including the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, were part of the delegation that visited Oyeshina family house in Surulere.

Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, led a short prayer session held for the deceased.

 

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DSS React To Sowore’s Rearrest Drama

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The Department of State Security, (DSS), has reacted to the criticisms that it has been recieving following the drama that greeted the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in court.

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Reacting to the criticism, the DSS said its officers did not arrest the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement in court, adding that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an “orchestrated drama”.

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A statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson said there were none of its officers involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.

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Atiku Frowns At DSS Re-arrest Of Sowore

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Erstwhile Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has frowned at the manner with which the DSS re-arrested Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters.

Sowore was re-arrested on Friday having been released from a DSS detention facility hours earlier.

Reacting to the arrest of the convener of the Revolution Now Protest, Atiku said that he was angered in his spirit as he watched the commotion that unfolded when the DSS attempted to re-arrest Sowore and Bakare in the courtroom.

In a statement, Atiku described the treatment of the presiding judge, Justice Ojukwu as a “rape on the sanctity of the court,” calling on Nigerians not to keep mute until justice is achieved.

“Today, I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, in which agents of the state caused a commotion in court in order to frustrate a judgment of a court of competent authority.

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“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court.

“Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us.

“I call for an immediate inquiry to be set up to identify those responsible for the maltreatment meted out to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and the desecration of her court, and indeed the Nigerian judiciary. They must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by our laws.

“I further call for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on any detainee, be it Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki or Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.

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“We cannot have a situation where our government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders. This is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.

“Without the rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Power in Nigeria still flows from the people, not from the barrel of a gun. I call on all men and women of goodwill not to keep quiet or sit on the fence at times like this.

“To keep Nigeria democracy is the paramount duty of all concerned stakeholders. Please speak up against this tyranny and side with the Nigerian people,” Atiku wrote.

 

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DSS Rearrest Omoyele Sowore After Standoff

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Barely 18 hours after being released by the Department of State Service (DSS), Omoyele Sowore has been rearrested.

The publisher of Sahara Reporters was arrested in court on Friday after minutes of standoff between him and men of the DSS.

DSS allegedly tries rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court room today.. (photos)

Sahara Reporters reported that  DSS operatives initially refused Sowore and his lawyers exit from the court room, laying siege on the court.

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According to reports, after a standoff resulting from trying to rearrest Sowore, his lawyer, Femi Falana opted to drive the activist to the office of the DSS.

In the process of driving Sowore to the office of the DSS, Falana had a brief  discussion with the lawyer of the secret police Hassan Liman, however the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was not allowed out of the court premises by armed security operatives who blocked the court gate, attempting to rearrest Sowore again.

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Falana however suceeded in driving out of the court with security operatives in pursuit.

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