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Lekki shootings: Two Nigerian men file lawsuit against Lagos Judicial panel

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A suit has been filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to disband the judicial panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS related abuses in the state and at the Lekki toll gate.

The suit filed by two Nigerian men – Adekunle Augustine and Semion Akogwu – asked the court to disband the panel on the ground that the Lagos state governor, being a party in the matter, did not exercise his power in the public interest by setting up the panel. Messers Augustine and Akogwu prayed the court to make a declaration that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu cannot set up a panel in an investigation he is a party to. The plaintiffs said Governor Sanwo-Olu cannot be the judge in his own case. Photo credit: The Nation The plaintiffs also alleged that the panel will be in favour of the governor and the state government in its decision because the petitioners said they believe that whoever pays the piper dictates the tune of the music. Other defendants include the chairman of the panel and the attorney general of the state. The chairman of the panel is listed as the second respondent in the case dated November 11 and filed at a Lagos federal high court with suit number FHC/L/CS/1572/20.

The plaintiffs, Augustine and Akogwu, in the suit, filed through their counsel, Samuel Adama, seek the determination of the following questions: “Whether having regards to section 5(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), exhibits A and exhibit B, the first defendant validly exercised his powers in the public interest by setting up the third defendant to investigate a matter in which the first defendant himself is a party?” plaintiffs also prayed the court for the following reliefs: “A declaration that having regards to section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) together with exhibits A and exhibit B, the second defendant being an agent/appointee of the first defendant cannot ensure a fair hearing for the plaintiffs under the auspices of the third defendant in a matter in which the first defendant is a party.” Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some residents of Lagos state have sought the immediate scrapping of the Lekki tollgate as a revenue-generating entity in the state. The Lagos residents – Chief Alaba Williams, Bashorun Jaiye Randle, Ade Dosunmu, and Chief Adesunbo Onitiri – said the scrapping of the tollgate will alleviate the suffering of the people in the state.

They also said that such a move would ease the flow of traffic for road users and other residents of Lagos.

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Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which accused him of making plans to get the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 election.

The former vice-president on Thursday, November 26, said he has not initiated discussions with anyone about contesting the next presidential election, The Nation reported. Atiku in a statement through media aide, Paul Ibe, told the ruling party to focus on tackling the mounting problems it has created instead of verbally attacking him. He said the living condition of Nigerians have worsened under the APC government because the party has been focusing more on playing petty politics than on actual governance

Atiku said:

“It is evident that the APC has failed woefully on all the major issues it campaigned against the PDP in 2015 from poverty to insecurity; joblessness and high cost of living; national unity to bad foreign image; human rights abuse to economic recessions – issues which if the APC was a serious political party, should be dispensing its energy in resolving.”
He accused the ruling party of being more interested in increasing its membership while more important issues in the country were being ignored. Atiku stated that he has preoccupied himself with providing solutions to the problems the APC has caused for the country. Meanwhile, following the recent defections that hit the PDP, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, the Senate president has explained why the APC will continue to harvest more defectors.

The Nation reported that Lawan explained that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was starting to get appreciated by the people.

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