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Panel rejects LCC’s request to ‘take back’ Lekki tollgate (Punch)
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shootings of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on October 20, 2020 at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos has declined the request by the operators of the tollgate, Lekki Concession Company, to “take back possession” of the tollgate.
The Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, in a short ruling on Tuesday, said the tollgate plaza would remain closed.
The judge said the panel might have a need to pay another visit to the tollgate plaza after watching the video footage from a surveillance camera submitted by the LCC on Tuesday.
Counsel for LCC, Rotimi Seriki, had urged the panel to allow the firm “take possession” of the tollgate plaza to evaluate the level of damage for the purpose insurance claims. Read more
Lekki Tollgate: Surveillance camera stopped recording at 8 pm – LCC MD (Vanguard)
The Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company Mr Abayomi Omomuwasi, who was subpoena by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) related Abuses and other Matters, narrated to the panel how their surveillance camera stopped recording at 8 pm, on October 20, 2020, due to network issues.
He said, ” We never ever tempered with the surveillance camera until about 8 pm, when it was tampered with and stopped recording, the network was interfered with which stopped the recording”.
”The cameras that were removed at the Lekki toll gate were plate numbers recognition cameras, they identify the vehicle, and vehicle type,” Omomuwasi said. Read more
Police shoot dead cobbler, apprentice in Lagos (Punch)
The families of a cobbler, Kabiru Azeez, and an apprentice in a tailoring shop, Femi Orojo, have been thrown into mourning after policemen attached to the Pedro Police Station shot them dead.
PUNCH Metro learnt that 30-year-old Kabiru was shot in front of his shop on Bolaji Omupo Street, while 20-year-old Orojo was killed on the same street while returning from where he went to buy food.
The two victims were killed on Thursday, October 22, 2020, in the wake of the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests.
Our correspondent gathered from witnesses that around 11am, some hoodlums from the Onipanu area mobilised in a vehicle and attempted to attack Pedro Police Station. Read more
Woman shot by police lover still hospitalised after four surgeries – Sister (Punch)
Despite undergoing four different surgeries at the Critical Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Joy Eze, who was shot in the mouth by her police boyfriend, Eze Aiwansone, is still bedridden at the hospital.
Her sister, Peculiar Eze, who stated this in a chat with PUNCH Metro on Tuesday, said Joy was in excruciating pain.
She explained that the 37-year-old was being fed with a syringe, adding that whenever she felt the urge to pee, she used a pipe.
While demanding justice, Peculiar said when the victim learnt that her fleeing boyfriend, Eze, had been arrested by the police, she expressed her happiness through tears. Read more
Court remands 3 men over alleged rioting, robbery, arson in Lagos (Guardian)
An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday, remanded three men, who allegedly participated in rioting and set ablaze Lekki Toll Gate and Ajah Police Station, in Kirikiri Custodial Centre.
The Magistrates, Mr P. E Nwaka, who did not take the defendants’ plea, said they should be in the Custodial Centre pending the release of Director of Public Prosecution’s advice.
Nwaka then adjourned the case until Dec. 3 for mention.
The defendants: Destiny Paul, 20; Tope Abe, 17 and Joseph Elumelu, 26; are facing trial on armed robbery, arson and rioting.
Mrs Olayemi Sofolu, Principal State Counsel from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office, told the court that the offences were committed on Oct. 23 at Lekki during the #ENDSARS protest. Read more
NDLEA intercepts 16.65kg cocaine at Lagos airport (Punch)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Mohammed International airport, Lagos Command has arrested two passengers arriving from Sao Paulo, Brazil with 10.40 and 6.25 kilograms of cocaine, respectively.
The airport commander agency, Garba Ahmadu, said the two suspected traffickers identified as Okwubunne Simeon and Aniakar James who were arrested on October 28 concealed the drugs expertly to avoid being detected.
Ahmadu said the concealment was done in eight children duvets which contained seven absorbent towels soaked with cocaine and neatly concealed in tins labelled ‘Schramn’, according to a statement received on Sunday. Read more
#EndSARS: We can’t guarantee security during yuletide – Law enforcement officers (Vanguard)
Law enforcement officers in areas worst affected by the #EndSARS protests in the southern part of the country have resolved to continue to stay off their duty posts, especially during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Rising from a joint meeting of the law enforcement officers weekend, a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, who attended the meeting, told PRNigeria, that Nigerians should rather find a way to protect themselves from thugs, hoodlums and miscreants during the seasonal period.
According to him, the meeting which was attended by officers of the Nigerian military, security, intelligence and response agencies analysed how the violent assaults on innocent security personnel during the #EndSARS protest significantly dampened the morale of many of the servicemen and women. Read more
How SARS operatives broke my spine, trader tells panel (Nation)
A trader, Ndukwe Ekekwe, on Tuesday narrated how his spine was broken in 2018 when operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) threw him down from a two-storey complex at the Alaba International Market in Ojo, Lagos.
Ekekwe testified before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS-Related Abuses in Lekki, Lagos.
Ekekwe, 34, said he was arrested on February 16, 2018 taken to SARS head office in Ikeja, stripped naked and brutalised in a torture chamber.
He added that the next day, the operatives took him back to his three shops, broke the doors open with hammers and looted phone accessories. Read more
#EndSARS: TV station confirms death of reporter ‘arrested by Lagos task force’ (Punch)
The management of an online channel, Gboah TV, has confirmed the death of one its reporters, Onifade Pelumi, who has been missing since Saturday, October 24, 2020.
In a statement, the medium said young Onifade was covering the scene of a mob attack at a government facility in the Oko Oba axis of Agege Local Government Area when operatives of the Lagos State Task Force stormed the scene and engaged hoodlums who attempt to loot palliatives at the Ministry of Agriculture store in the Abattoir area of the state.
Pelumi, an intern with the online TV, was reportedly wounded during the task force duel with the miscreants who hijacked the #EndSARS protests against police brutality.
The TV station also claimed the wounded reporter was taken away by the men of the Lagos task force and “was later found dead at Ikorodu mortuary after days of searching all police stations and meeting with the Lagos State task force.” Read more