The Lagos State Government has arrested and is currently probing police officers that were involved in brutalising protesters at the Surulere protest venue.
This was disclosed by the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, via his Twitter handle on Thursday.
According to the Governor, the Lagos Commissioner of Police arrested the officers and an orderly room trial has begun.
He tweeted, “The officers are; Inspector Bagou Michael; Inspector Ekpoudom Etop; Sgt Nnamdi Majura & Sgt. Akinyemi Benson. They are facing orderly room trials immediately and be rest assured that we will follow up on these trials.
“After meetings with the President, IGP, Lagos CP and the NGF today, I will like to sòrò soke about what we are immediately doing in Lagos to build trust, #EndPoliceBrutality and ensure we don’t have to address these issues again.
“It’s a time of sober reflection in Lagos and indeed across the country. It has taken a powerful youth led action to drive reform and hopefully begin the process that truly delivers a citizen friendly police.”
After meetings with the President, IGP, Lagos CP and the NGF today, I will like to sòrò soke about what we are immediately doing in Lagos to build trust, #EndPoliceBrutality and ensure we don't have to address these issues again. pic.twitter.com/g0wt3dHcu0
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
Governor Sanwo-Olu listed seven decision taken by the state:
* Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS In Lagos: We have setup a 7 man panel that will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation. The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.
Other members are: Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society); Rtd. DIG Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police); Ms Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Mr. Segun Awosanya (Human Rights Activist); Mrs. Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center); as well as a rep/member of the youth-led protest and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
We are setting up a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel. From next week, you will be able to reach them directly on these dedicated numbers; 0901 051 3203; 3204 and 3205.
* Protesters: There were express instructions to Police in Lagos to cooperate with protesters and in situations where arrests are unavoidable, there must be full transparency and upholding of their legal rights.
If there is anyone still in custody, please bring it to my notice. Today’s unfortunate incident of thuggery is being investigated and we will bring to book those behind it.
* SARS: By order of the IGP, all members have been recalled to force headquarters. They will receive psychological examinations and a full review of their records.
If you find any SARS members or units still in operation in Lagos, please bring them to my notice. To avoid a rise in crime or kidnapping, a new unit will begin training next week that will not have any SARS members.
* New unit responsibilities: The new unit will be fully intelligence driven and will not be engaged in routine searches or violate any citizen’s rights to personal freedom. The police will announce criteria for the makeup of the unit or public recruitments involving the youth.
* Crimes of the disbanded SARS: The IGP is setting up a panel which will start work in the next couple of weeks to review all cases of police brutality and will work with citizens and civil right groups to be as transparent as possible in prosecution.
* Compensation for victims of police brutality: No amount of money can make up for their experiences but in Lagos, we have setup a N200m trust fund that will be managed by the panel set up to compensate victims of police brutality.
* Actions against officers involved in brutalising protesters: The Lagos CP has arrested the officers involved in brutalising protesters at the surulere protest venue and an orderly room trial has begun.
The officers are; Inspector Bagou Michael; Inspector Ekpoudom Etop; Sgt Nnamdi Majura & Sgt. Akinyemi Benson. They are facing orderly room trials immediately and be rest assured that we will follow up on these trials.
BREAKING: Lagos approves reopening of public, private schools on Monday
The Lagos State Government has directed all public and private schools to resume on Monday.
The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state with effect from Monday, November 2, 2020, while boarders in public schools are to resume on Sunday, November 1.
According to a tweet post from the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Gawat Jubril, on his official Twitter handle, this was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
In her statement, Adefisayo said, “This has been an unprecedented year with the recent happenings that have regrettably led to frequent closure of schools with attendant learning disruptions faced by all children.”
“We pray and hope that there will be no more disruptions in the academic calendar. However, the State Government will always regard the safety of pupils/students, parents, and all staff as a matter of priority,” She said.
“We recommend that when schools resume on Monday, teaching and learning should continue unhindered till the end of the term,” she added.
The Commissioner, therefore, advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and excel.
FLASH: The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the State beginning from Monday, 2nd of November, 2020 while boarders in public schools are to resume on Sunday, 1st of the same month. pic.twitter.com/vQQRM3wOVR
— Gawat Jubril A. (@Mr_JAGss) October 29, 2020
House of Reps determined to resolve ASUU issues and empower youths – Gbajabiamila
Gbajabiamila has said that lawmakers are determined and ready to resolve ASUU issues, and empower the Nigerian youth.
The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed the readiness of the House of Representatives to resolve the strike issues of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and empower Nigerian youths.
This statement was made by the Speaker during a meeting in his office, with a group of young lawmakers under the aegis of ”Young Parliamentarians Forum” of the National Assembly.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila reiterates Reps’ determination to empower Nigerian youths
The House of Representatives is determined and ready to empower the Nigerian youth to make them competitive globally, the Speaker of the House, Rep. @femigbaja, said on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/RpGY4IieGm
— Speaker of the House of Representatives (@SpeakerGbaja) October 28, 2020
The Speaker reiterated that some of the demands of the youth following the #EndSARS protests would be addressed constitutionally, as part of the decision was to reform the Police, in a quest to accommodate a better and more reformed Police.
On youth empowerment, the Speaker said a lot still needs to be done, he explained further that no Nigerian government has done more than what the present administration has done.
What they are saying
Speaker of the House of Representatives, while speaking on the determination of the House Representatives on youth empowerment, said,
“All of us, every segment of the government, especially the House of Representatives, before the protests took the initiative, debated motions and took far-reaching decisions on the floor. We gave ourselves 30 days, and since then, we’ve been working night and day, especially with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
“We thought the best way to go about it is to amend the Police Service Commission Act and that has been done, and the report has been concluded. Soon, it will be published and be on the floor.”
“We are determined to resolve the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) matter, and if we can resolve two out of three issues, I think we would have gone a long way to help the lecturers who are on strike.”
“There’s a bill on vocational education, I think from the 8th Assembly – that was even my bill. We’ll pick it up again and pass it to you (Young Parliamentarians Group) to polish it up and add it to whatever ideas you have.”
While speaking on the giant strides by the current administration in terms of youth empowerment, the Speaker said,
“I make bold to say that no government, in Nigerian history from inception, and I stand to be corrected, has put in as much in youth empowerment as this present government.”
“Facts don’t lie, a government that has devoted N500bn to youth empowerment every year. There’s Trader Moni, N-Power, and several others – they are all there. This government has done a lot about youth empowerment and is ready to do more. We can never be bereft of ideas.
Third Mainland Bridge: Lagos to close Adekunle to Adeniji section of the bridge
The Adekunle to Adeniji section of the Third Mainland Bridge will be shut down for another round of repairs on Friday night.
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced the shutdown of the Adekunle to Adeniji section of the Third Mainland Bridge for the second round of repairs, with effect from midnight of Friday, October 30, 2020, to Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 3 days.
Accroding to Channels TV, the disclosure was made in a statement by the Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, and signed by Bolanle Ogunlola, on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation’s Public Affairs Unit, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
Ogunlola said the move is in “furtherance of the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge occasioned by the ongoing first phase rehabilitation works nearing completion.”
The statement partly reads, “The Lagos State Government has announced that there will be a total closure of the Adekunle to Adeniji section of the bridge for the second time, from midnight of Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November 2020.’’
Oladeinde said, “This second phase closure of the repair works is coming two weeks behind schedule, as a result of delays occasioned by the recent mayhem around the Lagos metropolis.”
He pointed out that the decision to close the section of the bridge for repairs is to prevent vibrations on the bridge during the casting-in-place of the newly installed expansion joints, which in turn will allow the special concrete achieve its required compressive strength.
The Transport Commissioner had earlier explained that the casting of the expansion joints would be in two phases due to the number of expansion joints that will be cast and to effectively manage the attendant traffic; hence, repair works slated for weekends to minimize inconveniences that may arise from the total closure.
While commending residents of the state for being patient since the commencement of the project, the commissioner hinted that the previous alternative routes remain the same for road users to utilize during the closure period, while LASTMA and other Traffic Management Agencies will be on the ground to direct traffic for easy vehicular movement.
He also “assured that the section of the bridge between Adekunle and Iyana–Oworo still remains open, as well as Ebute Metta outbound section into Iyana-Oworo.”
What you should know
Nairametrics had reported the partial closure of the Third Mainland bridge by the Federal Government for maintenance work for a period of 6 months with effect from July 24, 2020. A few weeks ago, the government announced a total shutdown of the bridge for 3 days to vehicular movement
This is to enable the contractors to carry out special repair works and complete the first stage of casting works on the bridge.