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Lagos Gov’t must prove Seyi Tinubu doesn’t control Lekki toll gate – Bode George.

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The PDP chieftain said the open grazing in forests, in the farms and even in the cities is wrong, archaic, deleterious to the economy itself.

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has called on the Lagos State Government to prove that the son of an All Progressives Congress leader, Seyi Tinubu, does not own or control the Lekki tollgate.

George called on the Lagos State Government to do this by honouring Freedom of Information requests and revealing the terms of agreement between the Lekki Concession Company and the state government.

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The PDP chieftain said this in a statement on Friday titled, “We Must Withdraw from the Brink”.

He said the state government must address allegations that Tinubu’s son and his former Chief of Staff, Sunday Dare, who is now the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, control the tollgate.

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The PDP chieftain recalled that the state government had changed the terms of the concession years ago and paid off the LCC.

He, therefore, wondered why tolls were still being collected from Lagosians.

George said, “We are demanding that the Lagos State Government through the Freedom of Information Act publishes the names of those who are managing the Toll Gates.

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“We do remember however that there was a buy-back several years ago returning the control and ownership of the Admiralty Tollgate to the Lagos State Government. The Lekki-Ikoyi Tollgate was built from scratch with taxpayers money.

“How then can anyone/company inexplicably make a legal claim to the Lekki toll gates? Again, what is the relationship between Seyi Tinubu and Lekki Concession Company?

“Equally, what is the relationship between Sunday Dare and the Lekki Concession Company? We all know that Sunday Dare until he became Minister last year was Bola Tinubu’s Man Friday. There are too many untidy, dirty, stinking intimations here. That’s why we demand that the details of the tollgate ownership should be presented to the public immediately.”

The PDP chieftain argued that since the tollgate was the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests where unarmed demonstrators were shot, the state government should demolish it and erect a monument in its stead.

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He said there was nowhere in the world where a single stretch of road would have two toll plazas as is the case along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

“George added, “In fact how much is Lagos State earning from these two tollgates per day, per month, and annually? It is alleged that an estimated N400m is collected on both tollgates everyday. If we are wrong, let them bring out their books and tell us how this humongous money is being spent.

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“I have gone to this length to illustrate what could go wrong when there is a brazen interloper and a destructive tin-pot despot who has handcuffed the government of our state.

“This overbloated character is obsessed with the interests of the privileged few to the detriment of the majority of our citizens.”

George urged the Federal Government to tackle the tendencies towards nepotism and prejudicial preferences that are basically injurious to national unity.

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He argued that the seemingly intractable clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the nation which are now more pronounced in the South-West can only be stopped with the outright banning of open grazing.

The PDP chieftain said the open grazing in forests, in the farms and even in the cities is wrong, archaic, deleterious to the economy itself.

He added, “The corralling and the ranching of cows are the model in Argentina, Brazil and all other beef-producing nations of the world.

“This is the time that President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrates a rallying unifying leadership to bring all our people together.

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“Surely, this is not the time for ethnic or sectarian jingoism. This is the time for healing. This is the time to mend the broken places and rectify the pervasive wrongs.”

NoRM learnt that Dare had earlier in the week denied owning a stake in the Lagos toll gates while Tinubu’s son admitted to only controlling the advert display boards at the toll plaza.

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EndSARs: Lagos Gov decries police brutality against Lekki protesters.

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The managing director of the LCC also stressed that an estimated N2.5 billion worth of assets were lost to the violent protest.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, condemned the alleged brutality against protesters at the Lekki tollgate. The governor, therefore, ordered the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to investigate the incident.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, disclosed this at a joint briefing by the state government and the Lekki Concession Company in Lagos. He reiterated that Lagos State government, under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would never trample on people’s rights.

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Meanwhile, making clarification on some issues, Managing Director, Lekki Concession Company (LCC), Yomi Omomuwasan, who spoke on alleged use of the firm’s operational vehicle to convey protesters at the tollgate, said that the vehicle was donated to the police to assist them as a logistical support.

He said: “We have operational vehicles. One of them is that donated to the police to assist them in their logistics support. On some people wearing LCC logo vests, remember that is our site and we have our men working around there but we didn’t engage in arresting people. We don’t have the power.”

Omomuwasan said the request to reopen the tollgate from the judicial panel of inquiry was based on the fact that the firm needs to assess the worth of the volume of valuables that was lost to the October 20, 2020 violent protest with the aim of getting the necessary insurance cover. He stressed that the reopening was not to immediately start tolling on the facilities.

The managing director of the LCC also stressed that an estimated N2.5 billion worth of assets were lost to the violent protest.

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“As of 2011, we had N24 billion owned by local lenders and N49 billion borrowed from the International Development Bank. We need to bring a formal report of assessment of the damage back to our lenders because when you don’t pay, you are blacklisted. The claims could be verified. Assets would require a team of engineers both within and outside to do critical assessment. We need to do civil and electrical works, which cannot be completed within three months.

He also denied claims that the firm refused to give its full consideration to the forensic investigators from the judicial panel of inquiry, adding that all the needed support according to demand were rendered.

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EndSARs: Policemen to remain at Lekki toll gate – CPR.

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The arrest was acquainted with protesters constituting nuisance in the community and neglecting the federal government’s order and directive to shelve any proposed protest on the said date.

Lagos Police Command Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi said officers would stand by at the Lekki Toll Gate until further notice.

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Muyiwa said this while speaking to newsmen stating that the directive is from the state’s Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.

According to him, Police officers have been deployed to five different locations of the state.

He said, “Our policemen are still at the tollgate, it is a deployment, and we are working with an operation order, and until there is a stand-down order of the operation from the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, the men will still be there. We have not arrested anyone today; there was no law and order breakdown, no gathering or procession, everything is normal in the area.

“But we are still maintaining our ground there, and we have deployment in about five places aside from the Lekki tollgate, and our men are still on standby at these strategic places. We have police deployment in Unity Park, Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ogombo Junction, Adeniran Ogunsanya Junction, among others.

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Recall with NoRM that the Nigeria Police arrested about 40 #OccupyLekkiTollGate and #DefendLagos protesters on the 13th of February, 2021, and also released them the same day.

The arrest was acquainted with protesters constituting nuisance in the community and neglecting the federal government’s order and directive to shelve any proposed protest on the said date.

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EndSARs: Lagos CP orders immediate release of Mr Macaroni.

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CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters.

Recall with NoRM that the protesters alongside Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni were arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

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The suspects were detained at Area J police command, Elemoro, Ibeju Lekki.

According to NoRM‘s known Media, CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

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EndSARs: Over 18 persons nabbed in fresh protest.

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Some of the arrested suspects denied being protesters, insisting they were just going about their businesses when they were picked up.

At least 23 persons, including passersby, have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos Police Command deployed to the Lekki Tollgate.

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The operatives, who were deployed to the location since Friday, were seen chasing and arresting anyone they considered a protester.

Those arrested were alleged to be members of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate and #ENDSARS2 groups who vowed to protest in spite of warnings by the Lagos State and Federal Governments.

NoRM reports as at 10 am, the tollgate was occupied by journalists and security operatives with no protesters in sight.

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Earlier, some of the policemen were seen chasing a young man, who was walking towards Lekki.

As soon as they caught him, he was thrown into a waiting Black Maria.

Some of the arrested suspects denied being protesters, insisting they were just going about their businesses when they were picked up.

Disturbed at the way the policemen were chasing and arresting random people, some of the journalists approached the senior officers on the ground and were assured those who could identify themselves or explain why they were around the area would be released.

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Meanwhile, the #DefendLagos group led by Alabi Oladimeji, has suspended its counter-protest scheduled for the #Lekkitollgate this morning.

At the time of this report, more police deployments have been sent at the Lekki and Ikoyi Tollgates while a vigorous convoy patrol is being carried out across the state.

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EndSARs: Mr Macaroni has been arrested. (Reactions).

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Nigerian comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, has been arrested by personnel of the Nigerian Police Force at the on-going #OccupyLekkitollgate protest in Lagos.

He was seen detained in a Black Maria in a live video on his Instagram page.

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Mr Macaroni arrested with other protesters during #occupylekkitollgate rally.

This incident has generated lots of reactions and below are some:

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EndSARs: Lagos Gov’t reminds Protesters others’ rights.

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The state, however, urged the Nigeria Police that in responding to any protest, its officers should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

The Lagos State Government, yesterday, reminded those planning another #EndSARS protests in the state to be mindful of the rights of other citizens of the country, stressing that government will do everything in its powers to safeguard the residents

In a statement issued by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said while the state recognised the rights to peaceful protests, demonstrators should not block roads and deny other members of the public their fundamental rights to free movement within the state.

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He said any person or group of persons planning to organise protests should bear in mind the exigencies of the COVID-19 health regulations 2021, which prevents any gathering beyond 50 persons and other safety measures including, but not limited to maintaining social distancing and use of face masks.

“Our attention has been drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate.

“The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. However, such right does not permit violation of the rights of other citizens in the state,” the statement reads.

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The state, however, urged the Nigeria Police that in responding to any protest, its officers should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

MEANWHILE, the Federal Government, yesterday, said security forces had been placed on alert to deal with the planned protest being organised by #EndSars campaigners scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government received intelligence report that the protests would be hijacked to cause violence and warned that the government would not watch hoodlums unleash another mayhem on the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja titled: Perpetration Of Violence Under The Guise Of #ENDSARS: Never Again, the minister disclosed that it was aware of the Occupy Lekki Toll Gate flyers circulating online, with the proponents threatening that Lagos would burn again.

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Mohammed said while peaceful protests remained the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests were not, adding: “This time, chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are high.

“Based on intelligence available the Federal Government, some activists have networked with others outside Nigeria, including subversive elements, with a view to destabilising the country. We cannot allow this to happen.”

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EndSARs: FG issue warnings to #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters.

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He said the chances that any peaceful protest would be hijacked at this time were very high.

The Federal Government on Thursday warned those planning a fresh #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos on Saturday to desist.

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It said it would not allow any further resort to violence in the name of #EndSARS protest.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, handed down the warning at a press conference in Abuja.

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While admitting that peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, the minister said violent protests are not.

While admitting that peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, the minister said violent protests are not.

He said the chances that any peaceful protest would be hijacked at this time were very high.

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The minister claimed that based on the intelligence at the disposal of the Federal Government, some Nigerian activists have linked up with others outside Nigeria, “including subversive elements,” with a view to destabilising the country, adding that “We cannot and must not allow this to happen.”

Mohammed said, “Any further resort to violence in the name of EndSARS will not be tolerated this time.

“The security agents are ready for any eventuality. A situation in which six soldiers and 37 policemen were murdered in cold blood by hoodlums will not repeat itself.

“We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria. They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.

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“The attack, looting and razing of 269 private and public property will not happen again. The killing of 57 civilians will not be re-enacted.

“We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria. They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.

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APC warns against reopening of Lekki toll gate.

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The party said the intention of such call was to get the youths back on the streets and to unleash further mayhem on innocent people, who are still individually and collectively struggling to overcome their recent losses.

The Lagos State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged citizens of the state to disregard calls urging them to engage in protests or activities that could lead to further unrest in the state.

The state’s Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Seye Oladejo, in a statement, yesterday, also urged the people to be mindful of the ravaging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, which thrives in an atmosphere of mammoth crowd, before heading to any reckless call to protest.

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The party said its position was based on the recent call by a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Timi Frank, who said citizens of the state should troop out to protest the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate Plaza, which was closed down in the aftermath of the October 20, 2020, #EndSARS protests.

The party said the intention of such call was to get the youths back on the streets and to unleash further mayhem on innocent people, who are still individually and collectively struggling to overcome their recent losses.

According to Oladejo: “Our earlier position that the violent and orchestrated protest was sponsored is perhaps being buttressed by this renewed efforts to make the state ungovernable.”

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“We need to emphasise that the mindless reaction of the politically-frustrated Frank is typical of someone seeking relevance through a rather sensitive issue.

“Besides, it is subjudice and lawless on the part of Timi Frank to condemn a panel that is yet to officially submit its findings.

“We hereby call on all well-meaning Lagosians to condemn any act under whatever guise that could lead to further unrest in the state.

“We also need to be mindful of the ravaging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, which thrives in an atmosphere of mammoth crowd.”

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The party commended the state government for its earnest and committed efforts to rebuild the state.

It also appreciated those who partnered with the government on corporate and individual capacities for the rebuilding of the state.

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Protest ‘rumbling’ as Court agrees reopening of Lekki toll gate.

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After the panel’s chair ruling, Ebun Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and member of the panel, led three other members to oppose the ruling of the judge.

Hundreds of Nigerian youths have taken to social media to speak against the handover of Lekki toll gate, where Nigerian forces opened fire on unarmed protesters last October, to its owners Lekki Concession Company.

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Members of the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting voted 5-4 in favor of the handover on Saturday.

Young people mobilising through social media have called out the panel for approving the release of the toll gate while an investigation is ongoing. Many are vexed that the government has not owned to the killing of unarmed protesters, who marched against police brutality on the night of October 20.

The hashtag #occupyLekkiTollGate has been trending to push their grievances.

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“Lagos State government, Lekki Concession Company, and some members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel members inspired the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest planned for 7 am on Saturday, February 13,” Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, tweeted on Monday.

Other Twitter users have also shared and reshared graphics and tweets for mobilization for a protest on Saturday.

Lekki Concession Company, through its counsel, had been praying the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims since December 2020.

But the panel earlier said the toll plaza could not be handed over as a forensic expert has been paid by the Lagos state government to examine the toll gate with respect to the October 20 shooting incident.

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In January 5 sitting, Doris Okuwobi, the panel chairperson, said the government has paid a forensic expert to examine the scene of the Lekki shooting and LCC needs to wait for the forensic examination results.

“Forensic evidence is most needed in this inquiry,” Okuwobi said.

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The matter was adjourned till February 6 as the forensic report was to be ready on February 2.

But on Saturday, instead of the report of the forensic examination is read during the siting, the judge made no comment on the forensic report, while the LCC was allowed to proceed with its application.

Okuwobi, a retired judge, said the forensic report is ready and the panel is satisfied “but would not wait till the termination of the petitions before it hands over control of Lekki to LCC”.

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“To put the record straight, it is the jurisdiction of this panel to investigate the incident of October 2020 and make recommendations is the premise by which the panel must comply with jurisdiction to look into the Lekki case.

“The Lekki toll plaza is considered the seat of event of that day. This panel has given ample opportunity to all petitioners to access the toll plaza with the view to considering the investigation.”

After the panel’s chair ruling, Ebun Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and member of the panel, led three other members to oppose the ruling of the judge.

Adegboruwa, Patience Udoh (lawyer and human rights activist), and the two representatives of the youth, Rinuola Oduola and Temitope Majekodunmi, said the decision of the judge and other members of the panel does not represent theirs.

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Adegboruwa said the handover of the plaza at this time “is hasty, premature and will overreach the work and eventual recommendations of the panel.”

“Investigation by the panel over the Lekki Tollgate incident is still ongoing, it will therefore be premature to hand over the plaza that is still subject of panel’s investigation and proceedings, to LCC,” he said.

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Disagreement over reopening of Lekki border.

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Lekki Toll Gate management should not be allowed to repossess the toll gate until full investigations are concluded

Youth representatives at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Saturday opposed the reopening of the Lekki toll gate.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa also noted that reopening the toll-gate at this time would be hasty and premature.

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Chairman of the Judicial Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi earlier on Saturday ruled that the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) could repossess the toll gate, which has been closed since October.

In a statement published on Twitter after the ruling, the youth representatives, Rinu Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi, said their “dissent wasn’t reflected in the ruling.”

According to the representatives, the incidents that led to the closure of the toll gate are yet to be resolved.

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On October 20, military officials shot at #EndSARS protesters occupying the toll gate, in what has been described as a massacre by eyewitnesses. However, the Nigerian government and military have denied any wrongdoing.

“We must highlight clearly, what is of critical importance to ensure there is a full & thorough investigation into the Lekki Toll Gate incidence; ensure justice for all victims; & that any & every one found culpable is identified & recommended for appropriate action under the law,” the youth representatives said in their statement.

A file photo of youth representatives at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

“We understand from the Forensic Report submitted by the expert employed by the panel, LCC management has, despite requests, failed to provide information, which includes access to servers; who ordered the extraction of CCTV footage; date & time of extraction of the footage from the CCTV; method used for the extraction as well as such other information which may be useful for purposes of the forensic examination & report.

“None of these have been provided by LCC and so it is impossible to conclude that investigations are over. It is therefore imperative that the Lekki Toll Gate management should not be allowed to repossess the toll gate until full investigations are concluded

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“This is especially important as victims of the Lekki Toll Incident are yet to be heard and the public is still in the dark on the full details of the Incidence.

“Based on these facts, we are of the considered view that the Lekki Toll Gate remain shut and under the purview of the Panel until full investigations and hearings are concluded by this Panel.

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“We do not have any intention to obstruct the rulings of the panel. We only want our dissent to be on record. We are committed to ensuring justice for victims.”

‘An Insensitive Decision’
In his dissenting statement, Adegboruwa, who is also a human rights lawyer, averred that the panel is yet to come to any findings in respect of the October 20 events and any takeover by LCC will be prejudicial to the ultimate findings of the panel.

He also said that the panel is yet to ascertain the claims and counterclaims of fatalities and massacre of citizens on October 20 and if indeed such is established, a takeover at this time will be insensitive, callous, and totally uncharitable to the memories of those who may have died.

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“The panel commissioned a forensic expert to undertake a forensic examination of the toll plaza, to examine documents, videos & CCT footages submitted and the panel is yet to receive a comprehensive report or the full details of the forensic report,” he said.

He also noted that the panel has summoned the Lagos State Government to appear and offer its accounts of October 20, especially following serious allegations made by the Nigerian Army against the state government.

“The Governor of Lagos in an open broadcast promised to handover to the panel a camera picked up by the Hon. Minister of works & housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN),” he added. “This has not happened.

“Allegations have also been made against the company responsible for the billboards at the Admiralty Toll Plaza as to who did and why the electricity was switched off on October 20 prior to the invasion by the army. The company is yet to appear before the panel.

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“Summons have been issued for the appearance and testimony of the Chief Pathologist of Lagos to tender autopsy reports of death and CCTV footages of all mortuaries in Lagos from Oct 20. They are yet to appear”.

He stressed that a takeover of the toll plaza by this time is hasty, premature, and will overreach the work and eventual recommendations of the panel.

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Drama, Argument as LCC reopens Lekki toll gate.

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During the proceedings on Saturday, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, gave a ruling allowing the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Ltd to repossess the toll gate.

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of police brutality and other related matters has returned control of the Lekki toll gate plaza to its owners, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

During the proceedings on Saturday, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, gave a ruling allowing the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Ltd to repossess the toll gate.

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Justice Okuwobi sitting with four other members of the panel listened to arguments for and against the application made by counsel to the LCC Ltd, Demola Seriki for the re-opening of the facility.

It’s the 4th time the LCC is making the application.

The other four members who sat with Justice Okuwobi are Segun Awosanya (popularly known as Segalink), Oluwatoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizen’s Right), DIG Taiwo Lakanu ( representing the police) and Lucas Koyejo (from the National Human Rights Commission).

In his arguments in support of the application, Mr Seriki asked the panel to allow the company take possession of the toll gate plaza for the purpose of evaluating the damage done so as to be able to make insurance claims needed to effect the necessary repairs which he says will last about 2 months.

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Immediately after the panel ruling in his favour, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa walked in with the other three members of the panel, Patience Udoh (representing civil society), Rinuola Oduola and Temitope Majekodunmi (representing the youths).

They all proceeded to deliver dissenting decisions to the effect that they were not in support of the repossession and the reopening of the Lekki toll plaza.

Story Source: Channels

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Lagos Gov’t approves reopening of Lekki toll gate after 3 months of #EndSARs massacre.

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LCC had earlier prayed the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims since December 2020.

The judicial panel established by the Lagos state government to probe brutality and high handedness of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) has approved the reopening of the Lekki tollgate.

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The nine-man panel returned the control of the tollgate to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the operators, on Saturday.

LCC had earlier prayed the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims since December 2020.

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EndSARs: Reno Omokri attack Buhari after Lekki Massacre.

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Reno further stated that some of the protesters that were killed on Tuesday paid the tax used by the Federal Government to rehabilitate the terrorists.

Former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has condemned the killings of protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night.

The former presidential aide in a post on his Twitter account noted that President Muhammadu Buhari takes time to rehabilitate Bolo Haram terrorists but uses force on the End SARS Protesters.

He wrote, “This same government rehabilitates hardened Boko Haram terrorists and demands that we surrender land for ranching or face death.”

“Some of those killed at the the #LekkiMassacre of peaceful, #EndSARS protesters, paid the tax that enables Buhari rehabilitate his beloved Boko Haram!”


#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: Lekki-Ikoyi bridge caught fire. [Video]

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The fire outbreak was recorded after soldiers opened fire at the Lekki toll gate

There is currently a fire outbreak on the bridge which connects Lekki to the Ikoyi axis of Lagos.

The bridge has been the alternative route for residents since #EndSARS protesters blocked the Lekki toll gates 13 days ago.

The protesters, who have been demanding an overhaul of the police, have refused to leave the streets despite pleas from government and other stakeholders.

There are reports that lives were lost in the incident but Noble Reporters Media cannot independently verify this.


#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: Falz reacts to Lekki toll gate shooting.

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The rapper who has been a strong voice, in a live video, seeming sullen and teary said

Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has reacted to tonight killings of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos state.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that Military men opened fire at unarmed protesters holding a peaceful protest causing mayhem.

The rapper who has been a strong voice, in a live video, seeming sullen and teary said;

”The military is shooting at its people, this is a war and we are fighting against ourselves. This is the worst thing I’ve seen, I don’t really know how to explain it, in all my life This country has always been f**Cked up but this is the worst.”


#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: Severe Lekki toll gate shooting; many killed.

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According to Gbenga Omotoso, the State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident and the governor has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew.

Several of the many protesters at the Lekki toll gate have been shot dead by soldiers for defying the 4pm curfew order.

This was confirmed by several celebrities who are around the vicinity.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Actress Omoni Oboli, Ufuoma McDermortt raised the first alarm saying “Help, they are shooting protesters at Lekki toll gate..”

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Singer PSquare also confirmed same saying “Nigerian soldiers shooting at lekki toll gate now, protesters dead!!! What a failed government!”

Lagos Gov’t, Sanwo Olu reacts.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo Olu

Lagos state HC, Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso has released a statement following the shooting of peaceful #EndSars protesters at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos today, 20th of October, 2020.

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Read the full statement below;

“There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.

He advises Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear state upside down.

The Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

Gbenga Omotoso
HC, Information and Strategy”


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Apostle Omashola react to his leaked sex tape after calling Naira Marley a demon


Apostle Chris Omashola of the Zionwealth Of Life Assembly, Lekki, has reacted to the backlash he has received since revealing his 2020 Prophecy in which he said God told him that Nigerian singer, Naira Marley is “demonic and Satanic.

The clergyman made headlines two years ago after a sex tape featuring him and a certain lady surfaced online.


Many fans of the singer have since taken to social media to attack the clergyman, saying he doesn’t have the moral stand to paint Naira Marley in a bad light since he has a sex tape.

In his reaction, Naira Marley also shared a screenshot of the sex tape that was posted on popular porn site, Pornhub.


However, Apostle Omashola has now taken to his Twitter handle to react to the backlash, saying the sex tape issue is a thing of the past and that God has since forgiven him and he has been restored into full-time ministry.

He said bringing up the sex tape issue after sharing what God told him to say, will not deter him as he has since been forgiven by “his maker.” He pointed out that it is now left for Naira Marley to heed the counsel of God and repent.

In his words; “I am not ashamed and cannot be shamed by Marlians of my yesterday’s mistakes which I have since repented from and God has forgiven me of. I have gone through series of repentance process as a man and with my head up and shoulders high, I have moved passed that. #MarliansGetLost”

“I have made peace with the lady in question, made peace with my God and moved pass that phase of life long ago. However, I stand to say NO TO internet frauds, drugs abuse, immorality, gansterism, mannerlessness and other demonic Marlian Manifestations. #MarliansGetLost #ACO1”


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2020: Lagos government begin cashless policy at Lekki/Ikoyi bridge toll gate

...as huge traffic gridlock get tougher


The Lagos State Government has begun cashless policy for toll payments at Lekki/ Ikoyi Link bridge toll- plaza as earlier announced.

The State Government had last year announced that it would go cashless on toll payments at the Lekki/ Ikoyi toll plaza effective from 1st January 2020 due to huge traffic gridlocks often experienced on the corridor with cash payments.

Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic 0ladeinde, who personally monitored the cashless toll payments at the toll plaza on Thursday, January 2nd along with the Managing Director, Lekki Concession Company Limited, (LCC) Yomi Omomuwasan stated that the new cashless policy was aimed at reducing traffic queue length often experienced during cash payments regime to save travel time and ease traffic movement along the corridor.

Oladeinde, who noted that the new cashless toll payments has brought significant improvement on vehicular movement at the toll plaza compared with the previous situation, added that there was the need to educate the residents on the need to imbibe the new system through compliance because of its advantage on free flow of traffic.

He frowned at some motorists who he said wanted to deliberately sabotage the new policy for their selfish gains, disclosing that some motorists made photocopies of their payment vouchers for multiple uses. He warned that the state government would not hesitate to apply the law on any motorists that attempted to frustrate its effort at improving traffic movements through corrupt practices.


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In – No more cash payment in toll plaza, lekki-ikoyi link bridge come 2020.

The Notice at Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge cancelling cash payment from 1st january 2020

The Lekki Concession Company has given notice to users of the Lekki-Ikoyi Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos, that it will no longer accept cash payment at the toll plaza from 2020.

A banner at the bridge loudly states: “No more cash payment @Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge Toll Plaza, Wednesday 1st January 2020”.

Except for the banner, there has been no official statement by the company about the planned migration to electronic payment.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during a visit to the plaza had said that the tolling system would go completely electronic in October.

But instead, in November, the company upgraded its tolling systems at both the Link Bridge and the Admiralty Plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway.

It said the upgrade was to enable it to serve the public better by enhancing and modernizing service delivery at the Plazas.

During the upgrade, electronic passages at the Toll Plazas and the online payment platforms were impacted from 9th – 15th November, 2019.

The upgrade migrated customers’ toll accounts, such as e-Tag, Swift Pass, to the newly installed system.

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