Lagos State Government has pledged to publish and implement the report of the judicial panel of enquiry into allegations of human rights abuses against the police.
The state witnessed a wave of arsonist attacks following the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests last year, resulting in the destruction of public facilities.
Speaking Thursday on the arduous task of rebuilding Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured that the recommendations of the panel would not be covered up.
According to him, the panel report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing the re-occurrence of such violence in the state.
“Lagos recorded a huge loss in assets and resources following the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests, as public transportation infrastructure, court buildings, police stations, private properties and iconic assets were razed by arsonists on October 21, 2020,” the governor said.
The panel, which was set up to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against the police and determine the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos, concluded its sittings on Monday, 12 months after it was constituted.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The panel concluded its sittings about three days ago and has asked for time to put the reports together behind closed doors. We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public.
“We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our government stands for. We will make full disclosure of whatever recommendations the panel will come up with. I assure citizens of Lagos that we will not leave anything to chance.”
Commenting on the arrest of some youths that participated in a drive-through EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Tollgate on Wednesday, Sanwo-Olu said he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police, except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.
FRSC receives 316 new operational vehicles from FG
The Federal Road Safety Corps has taken delivery of 316 new vehicles procured by the Federal Government to ease its operations nationwide.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated new vehicles, saying they were for effective patrol of highways across the country.
The 316 operational vehicles are made up of 239 patrol vehicles, 49 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and five patrol bikes.
Mustapha said at the inauguration of the vehicles at the FRSC headquarters that they would be mainly for the patrol of new roads just provided by the Federal Government.
He said the provision of the vehicles was to enhance the operations of the corps and ensure safety of road users across the country.
He said the FG would remain consistent in providing improved transport infrastructure and told the regulatory agencies to live up to expectations.
He said, “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the provision of transport infrastructure.
“This is because he believes that it is a key determinant of performance in any nation’s development and growth process.
“Indeed, investment in transport infrastructure encourages economic impact.”
He urged the corps to sustain its leadership role in Africa in making roads safer for economic growth, adding that the patrol vehicles should be deployed to cover the entire country, as soon as possible, while noting that the vehicles would boost the operations of the FRSC and give it more ambiance to carry out its duties effectively.
Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, said the vehicles would help to improve the FRSC field operations through the provision of real-time reports and active support as well as backup to field officers.
He assured of proper deployment and utilisation of the vehicles to all locations, for the safety of motorists.
Biu appealed for improved funding of the Corps to enable it to realise its vision of full coverage of all operational commands nationwide.
According to him, the FRSC operational areas comprise 12 zonal commands, 37 sector commands, 223 unit commands, 58 outposts and 527 station offices.
The FRSC Board Chairman, Bukhari Bello, thanked President Buhari for his support to the corps for efficient service delivery.
Representative of the Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, AIG Operations, Bala Ciroma, pledged a harmonious working relationship with the FRSC for effective traffic management in the country.
JUST IN: Lagos extends okada ban to Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Kosofe, Somolu
Lagos State Government has extended its ban on commercial motorcycle (okada) operation to four more local governments, making a total of 10 the number of local government areas where no okada riding will be permitted with effect from September 1.
The government had initially banned okada in six LGAs of the state to curtail the rate of road accidents and crime using motorcycles.
The state government said on Thursday it had added four LGAs and six local community development areas to the list of the routes restricted to okada.
Lagos State Governor, Babajidr Sanwo-Olu, said full enforcement of the ban in the new areas would take effect from September 1, 2022.
The four LGAs and six LCDAs are: Kosofe Local Government (Ikosi-Isherri LCDA
and Agboyi-Ketu LCDA), Oshodi-Isolo Local Government (Isolo LCDA), Shomolu Local Government (Bariga LCDA) and Mushin Local Government (Odi-Olowo LCDA).
Ealier, the state government had restricted the okada riders from operating in Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa local government areas.
With 20 local governments in the state, only 10 LGAs are left for commercial motorcycle operators to do their business.
No part of Lagos is under any lockdown – Lagos police
The Lagos State Police Command has denied reports that some parts of the state is under a partial lockdown as a preventive measure against security threats.
Spokesman for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated this in a series of tweets on Thursday in a reaction emanating from a Wednesday’s statement credited to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi.
Alabi was on Wednesday reported to have said that there was a partial lockdown of the state by security agencies due to the threats of attacks by unknown gunmen.
He was claimed to have said this in Lagos during the state stakeholders’ forum on police accountability quarterly meeting and awards.
But the state PPRO Hundeyin in a response via Twitter said, “@LagosPoliceNG Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc only affirmed that entry and exit points are being closely monitored by security agencies to forestall any security breach in the state.
“He gave this assurance while answering a question bothering on police stop-and-search in some parts of Lagos State. NO PART OF LAGOS IS ON LOCKDOWN, PARTIAL OR TOTAL.
“All residents of Lagos State are enjoined to go about their lawful duties without fear; while remaining vigilant and observing situational awareness at all times.”
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