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#EndSARS protest: LCC ready to show Lekki shootings footage

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  • Probe panel visits tollgate, military hospital

Lekki Concession Company says it is ready to show the footage of the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate.

Its Head of the Legal Department, Mr Gbolahan Agboluwaje, gave the indication on Friday when he appeared before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS and related abuses.

He said the footage of the October 20 shootings of the #EndSARS protesters was available.

According to him, there are hours of recordings on the CCTV footage.

Although he said when summoned on Wednesday, the company was asked to come with the footage, a report and a document, the “LCC is prepared to air the footage before the panel.”

Agbouwaje added, “We have the footage. We do not have an investigation report because we know that investigations are ongoing and we have not been able to provide any document. We had a very short notice and we brought what we were able to lay our hands on.”

He also told the panel that due to the short notice, the company’s Managing Director, Abayomi Omomuwa, would not be able to testify.

The Chairman of the nine-man panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi (retd.), granted Agboluwaje’s request for a short adjournment.

Okuwobi noted that the programme of the day for the panel was to visit the locus (scene of the Lekki Shooting) and to have proceedings based on their findings from the visit.

“We were initially to take note of what we see at the locus and today’s proceedings were to be subsequent to what we see there.

“The panel will arise very shortly to visit the locus. The panel noted that it is required of the witness to have a counsel of his choice. We will not take the proceedings of the visit of the locus until then.”

The panel members visited the Lekki tollgate, where they reportedly found some bullet shells and the Military Hospital in Ikoyi.

After inspecting the Lekki tollgate, they went to the Military Hospital in Ikoyi to ascertain the claim that soldiers took the dead bodies away on the day of the shooting.

At the gate of the hospital, the panel members led by Justice Okuwobi with journalists and observers were initially refused entry by the soldiers.

The soldiers claimed that they were not aware of their coming and that it was against protocol to come in without prior notice.

It was Barrister Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa who put a call through before the panel members were allowed entry.

The panel members were taken round the hospital by General A. I. Taiwo and it was discovered that the hospital does not have a morgue.

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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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