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‘SPECIAL STATUS FOR LAGOS, BEST WAY TO HONOUR MOBOLAJI JOHNSON’ – SANWO-OLU

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…Senate Commiserates With Lagos Government On The Death Of Former Military Administrator

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged contemporary leaders to draw inspiration from the legacies bequeathed by the late first military Governor of the State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (rtd).

Sanwo-Olu extolled the leadership qualities of the late Johnson, saying the deceased, in addition to being a military officer, was a thinker who initiated ideas that set Lagos on the path of development after the State was created in 1967.

The Governor spoke at the weekend in the State House in Marina while receiving a delegation sent by the Senate to formally condole Lagos Government and the late Johnson’s family on his death.

The eight-member delegation led by the Deputy Chief Whip, Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi, was constituted by President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, following a motion moved by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central, informing the Upper Legislative Chamber of the death of the Lagos’ first military administrator.

Sanwo-Olu, who received the Senate delegation in company of his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the late Johnson’s death was “a big loss” to Lagos and the nation, but said the State was not in a state of mourning because of the valuable legacy left behind by the deceased.

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He said: “The late Brigadier Johnson was a Nigerian par excellence and a fine administrator. He created the foundation of what we now call developed Lagos. His footprints and legacy in leadership of over 50 years ago are still visible and they remain a valuable deposit of inspiration for contemporary leaders.

“We believe his death is a big loss to Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general. His death is a call for us to remember that we must use whatever position we are for the benefit of mankind.

“On behalf of the people of Lagos, I thank the President of the Ninth Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for finding it appropriate to commiserate with the late Johnson’s family and the Government of Lagos. More importantly, we appreciate the honour accorded on the deceased in the Senate.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the late Johnson had a great vision for Lagos as the first Nigerian to govern the State, emphasising that his dreams would be fully realised if the Federal Government created a “Special Status” for the State. This, the Governor said, would enable the State adequately address its challenges as the nation’s former capital city and commercial nerve-centre.

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The Governor urged the Senate to activate a legislative instrument that would lead to the recognition of a Special Status for Lagos, noting that this would be the best honour for people that had governed the State, including the late Johnson.

Senator Abdullahi said members of the Senate paid glowing tributes to the late Johnson when the motion was discussed in the chamber.

He described former military administrator as an “illustrious son of Nigeria”, noting that the late Johnson left a legacy of selflessness in leadership and service. He said the deceased’s contribution to the nation’s development would continue to be guiding light for future generations.

The delegation agreed with the Governor that Lagos deserved a Special Status going by the upsurge in population that put pressure on the State’s infrastructure. Sen. Abdullahi promised that the delegation would brief the Senate on the Governor’s request, adding that the debate would be thrown open to the entire members of the Red Chamber.

Other members of the delegation are Senator Tinubu, Sen. George Sekibo, Sen. Benjamin Nwajumogu, Sen. Hassan Hadeja, Sen. Solomon Adeola, Sen. Bulbs Amos, and Sen. Bayo Osinowo.

 

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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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