LAGOS ASSEMBLY TO CREATE A PUBLIC COMPLAINTS AND ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION; CONSIDERS BILL TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO PUBLIC COMPLAINT ON ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS

Lagos State House of Assembly has proposed a legislation that will address the dealings of public officers in the State.
This was fostered by the elements of accountability and transparency for a sustainable democracy and lack of which will effectuate chaos and enkindle the fabrics of democratic practices.

The Bill titled, “A Bill for a Law to establish the Lagos State public complaints and anti-corruption commission and for connected purposes” went through Public Hearing on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at the Assembly Pavilion.

The Law calls for creation of a commission which shall have the power to investigate either on its own initiative or following complaints lodged before it by any other person on any administrative action taken by a public official.

The Bill shall ensure that administrative actions by any person(s) mentioned under the Law will not result in act of injustice against any indigene of the State or any other person resident in the State and for that purpose the Commission shall investigate with special care any administrative act, which is or appears to be; contrary to any Law or negation, improper, unfair, oppressive or inconsistent with the general institution of administrative organs.

It also buttressed the quest for gratifications committed by an officer and their penalties which include amongst others; corrupt offers to public officers, corrupt demand by person, obstruction of investigation, making false statements or return, bribery for giving assistance in regards to contracts, and prosecution of offences under the Law.

In addition, the commission will be charged with the power to examine persons, invitation to an accused person, detention of person refusing to acknowledge service, failure to appear after receipt of invitation, forcible entry into premises, custody of seized property, legal obligation to give information, obstruction of inspection and search.

However, the commission’s function will be curtailed and limited to issues that were pending to the State House of Assembly, Executive Order, and the Court of Law; as well as issues concerning members of the Armed, Police, Navy and Air Forces except where such actions affect the right of citizens and organization.

The Bill also encourages persons arrested of the right to remain silent, confidentiality, immunity of the officers of the commission, and right to appeal.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Victor Akande said that the Bill intends to conform to the modern day reality.

“It is my hope that the proposed legislation will bring sanity into our dealings as public officers of the State. I therefore enjoin the participants to make meaningful contributions on the Bill in order to stand the test of time.” He said.

In his keynote address, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinloklun-Sanni, said that public hearing and stakeholders’ consultations are essential features of a good legislative process that can engender progressive governance.

“One lesson from the recent Endsars riot is that we must not levitate off from the state’s sustained efforts at earning more public trust by improving public transparency and accountability in all the spheres of our public governance.”
“This underscores the stature of this Bill as not just germane towards ensuring further public accountability and trust, but also further enhances our security, because, where there is public trust in the leadership, public satisfaction will increase and conversely decreases crime rate.”

He added that it is sacrosanct to hear from and incorporate the conscience and thoughts of the public to make a good law.

The leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, who did the overview of the Bill, said that the establishment of the Bill is to prevent any administrative actions that can cause injustice to persons within that administrative jurisdiction.

Highlighting that the Law consist of 53 sections, Hon. Agunbiade added that “to ensure diligence, the bill creates  a clear administrative  structure; offences  under the scope  of the commission; the jurisdiction; modus operandi  of the commission; funds  management and disciplinary procedures of the commission.”

One of the stakeholders, Comrade Babatunde Ashafa opined that responsiveness is key to achieving success. “When responsiveness is not addressed, the beauty of this bill may not be achieved.”

Mrs. Rotimi Odutola a representative from Citizenship and Mediation Centre suggested that the commission should be linked to the human right department of the police so that the commission can easily obtain a warrant of arrest.

Mr. Olayiwola Ibrahim while asking the criteria for the appointment of members into the commission suggested that considerations should be given to those who are of good behavior.

In response, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinloklun-Sanni commended the stakeholders for their contributions and assured them that their contributions will be favourably considered by the Committee.

We Will Never Take You For Granted – Obasa Tells Lagosians, Commends Sanwo-Olu’s Strides

The Lagos State House of Assembly will never shirk in its responsibly to bring government closer to the people of the state, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, its Speaker, has said.

Obasa, who is also the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, made the promise on Thursday at a constituency stakeholders’ meeting where he had the opportunity to reel out some of the achievements of the House in 2020.

Obasa, who represents Agege constituency 1, commended the residents of Lagos for their resilience despite the economic challenges brought about by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Speaker recalled that the first case of the pandemic was recorded in the state on February 27, 2020 and that the House immediately met, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team for their prompt response in addressing the outbreak.

“The House approved the sum of N20 billion COVID-19 Intervention Fund aimed at containing and managing the spread of the virus in the State as well as mitigate its effect on Lagosians.

“This legislative support, coupled with individual palliative efforts of honourable members in their various constituencies has had a great impact on the successes recorded so far in the fight to effectively contain the ravaging disease.

“The economic headwind generated by the COVID-19 pandemic also necessitated the approval of the House for the reordering of the Y2020 budget to provide necessary support for business owners, the vulnerable members of the society and improvement in healthcare facilities, Obasa said.

The Speaker further noted that prior to the reopening of schools, a committee of the House went round schools to be sure of their preparedness.

Obasa also noted how the Lagos Assembly made moves to ease the recent EndSARS protest in the state that later resulted a carnage.

He recalled how he and other members of the House met with the protesters at 12 midnight on October 8, and “immediately convened an emergency session to consider their demands.”

It could be recalled that the House, during the sitting, came up with demands to President Muhammadu Buhari, who promptly adopted almost all the resolutions.

Obasa, however, lamented that all efforts by the state and federal governments were thwarted by suspected criminals who hijacked the protests to cause mayhem and attack public and private investments and interests.

While commending his constituents for protecting public infrastructure while the carnage lasted, he urged the youths in the state to be conscious of the fact that Lagos is a state that has achieved enviable heights. Thus, its standard and peace must be maintained and sustained.

The Speaker thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for the various projects that his constituency has enjoyed over time. These include roads and the ongoing bridge at the Pen Cinema area of Agege.

Many of those who spoke at the meeting, commended the Speaker for helping youths with employment and attracting projects to the constituency.

They, however, urged him not to relent as some of the areas in the constituency still need be touched.

The Igbos in the area thanked the Speaker for constantly assisting them and ensuring they live in peace with their host community. They also dissociated themselves from Nnamdi Kanu of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and his agitation for breakup.

IT IS TIME TO HAVE STATE POLICE – LAGOS ASSEMBLY TELLS BUHARI, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OVER ENDSARS VIOLENCE; SETS UP COMMITTEE TO MEET VICTIMS, REVIEW SITUATION; COMMISERATES WITH GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU, OTHERS

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday renewed its clamour for the establishment of a state policing system in the aftermath of the carnage visited on the state recently.

The members, during a special sitting to review the violence that resulted in the attack on government infrastructure, the palace of the Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu, and private establishments in the state, resolved to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to give a nod to this demand.

The lawmakers also set up an ad-hoc committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, to relate with the victims of the attacks as they promised to work with the executive arm in rebuilding the state.

In his address to his colleagues, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, urged the government to empower and strengthen the Neighbourhood Safety Corps with all the paraphernalia of security outfits.
“I think if there is any time for our agitation for state police to be given utmost attention, it is now,” Obasa said.

He lamented how the protest, which started peacefully, later took a life of its own even when the House and the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were working tirelessly on the demands raised by the aggrieved youths.

“It is regrettable, however, to learn that the peaceful protest was not only hijacked by unpatriotic elements who don’t mean well for the populace, but also brutally ended with the use of force that took place at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20,” he said.

The Speaker also mentioned some of the areas visited by him and a team of lawmakers adding: “The level of ruins in all these places mentioned is beyond imagination.

“Let me use this medium to remind us that Lagos state, being a mini-Nigeria, has always maintained a very respected place in the country as well in Africa. Lagos is a state that harbours everyone notwithstanding their nativity, political or religious affiliation.

“May I let us know that it will not do us any good to continue in this act of careless destruction and bringing hardship on everyone around us. In fact, looting government and private properties will lead to more hardships for us.”

He appealed to the residents to support the move for a better Lagos and urged the government to fish out those involved in the arson and looting of businesses.

He also pleaded with residents to limit the influence of social media on their lives and activities as he asked them to verify every information that comes to them in the light of fake news.

Obasa commiserated with the families of those who lost loved ones during the period, sympathized with the judiciary and law enforcement officers and expressed pain at the way the palace of Oba Akiolu was vandalized.

“I will like to bring it to our notice that a committee has already been set up that will review cases of those who lost their belongings and wares with a view to supporting them by the government. I assure you all that this Assembly will join with the Executive in working out compensation modality for all victims,” he said.

Other lawmakers who spoke during the sitting recalled how the Speaker met with the protesters at midnight and made promises to them.

They also recalled how the Assembly held a special sitting a day after the meeting and made demands to the federal government.

The lawmakers endorsed the call for state police.

WITH UNITY, LAGOS WILL BOUNCE BACK TO LIFE – SPEAKER OBASA

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has appealed to residents to support the ongoing effort of the government to put life back into state.

Obasa said this when he led other members of the House on a visit to some of the areas destroyed or burnt down by some people who took advantage of the protest against the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The lawmakers visited the ravaged palace of the Oba of Lagos, HRM, Rilwan Akiolu, and the Isokoko Police Station.

Other areas visited by the team of lawmakers are the Pen Cinema Police Station, the Fagba Police unit and Television Continental.

Obasa, while lamenting the level of destruction that took place in the state, noted that Lagos had always maintained a very respected place in the country and in Africa.

He urged aggrieved residents to be conscious of the fact that rebuilding the state is a major task that must be done with unity while noting the effort of the government to see that something is done in relation to those who lost their lives as a result of SARS brutality.

According to him, Lagos is a mini-Nigeria and it habours people irrespective of where they come from and political and religious sentiments.

He pleaded with the residents to abstain from further destruction of properties and the heritage that binds the people together.

To him, unity and love should become the new focus as this would encourage, empower and inspire the government’s direction at this critical time.

He promised residents that as representatives of the people, the members of the House of Assembly would always stand for what would benefit them and develop the state.

Obasa commended the management of the Television Continental for its quick return despite the magnitude of the destruction experienced.

He urged the television station to continue to sustain its tempo as one of the biggest news media in the country.

#Endsars: Obasa reacts to Sowore’s malicious tweet

Our attention has again been drawn to a tweet by Omoyele Sowore, a failed serial blackmailer, indicating, carelessly, that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly sent thugs to disrupt a rather peaceful protest engaged in by our youths to drive home a campaign to #EndSARS.

It is really laughable that Sowore, knowing so well that he has failed in a bid to make himself relevant to the youth as fighting their course, has resorted, like a confused ram, to seek to for a safe passage with cooked-up falsehoods.
How can anyone in his right senses even believe that Obasa, who turned up late at the House of Assembly on Thursday, October 8, to identify with the protesters would now sponsor thugs to disrupt the decision of the masses part of whom he represents as a lawmaker?

For a person like Sowore, one would understand; his consistent blackmails have failed to yield a positive result, his plan for a revolution has constantly hit the rocks because the good people of Nigeria see beyond his greedy eyes, the ENDSARS campaign began without anyone reckoning with him or even seeing him as important enough. Thus, he must make himself relevant though any means.

Funny enough, while he tweeted that the Speaker was behind the sponsorship of the thugs, his medium, Sahara Reporters claimed it was the Lagos State Government and this was after photographs were shown to him of the Speaker, who out of town, is at a budget retreat.

Recall that Sowore had, over the last few days made moves paint some youths playing major roles in the protest in bad light. He has accused some of them of making billions from the EndSARS negotiation.

We are encouraged by the words of Reno Omokri, who, in reply to Sowore’s allegations against the youth heads, said Omoyele Sowore is just pained that RevolutionNow flopped and the current protest has become a success.
“Omoyele Sowore is a common blackmailer and I am sure a lot of you know this fact. He’s tried to blackmail me before, he’s blackmailed so many other people with his Sahara Reporters, they write lies…”

It is on record that the Speaker conveyed an emergency sitting of the members of the House of Assembly on Friday, October 9, after which a 7-point demand was made by the lawmakers, one of which was the disbandment of SARS. The House further called for investigation of the officers involved in the extra-judicial killings of some Nigerians.

The House and Speaker Obasa will continue to do whatever it legally takes to stand behind Nigerians at all times.

2021 BUDGET: SPEAKER OBASA TELLS LAGOSIANS WHAT TO EXPECT

The Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged residents of the state to be prepared for a better 2021 from the government.

Obasa said this at a 4-day retreat on Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and budget process for the staff of the state House of Assembly.

Obasa, who lamented the effect of COVID-19 on the budget of the economy of Lagos in 2020, however commended the executive arm of the government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for being able to maintain a speed of development and growth for which the state is known.

He also said the House would take special focus on security of the state in the 2021 budget but added that this would in consideration with the governor’s focus and plans for the year ahead.

“It is visible to everyone in Lagos that the government of the state has continued, doggedly, to put smiles on the faces of our people.

“It simply means we have been able to gather all we can irrespective of the revenue challenge in the projection we had for 2020,” Obasa said.

He noted that Lagos has always taken a pride of place in relation to security of the state and that this would not be different in 2021. This is because, according to him, the state expends huge funds on security annually.

“You must give credit to the Lagos state government if you consider the security situation of the state in comparison with others and we will keep improving on what we have achieved.

“I am not saying we will increase the budget for the coming year for security, we are not going to do anything funny to allow insecurity to take charge of the state.

“So security will be a major consideration in the 2021 budget of the state but that is to be left for the governor to decide. As representatives of our people, we will look for that in the budget and ensure something good enough is considered for security in the coming year,” he said.

Concerning the expectations from the retreat, Obasa explained: “We are expecting the budget but before that, we have the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

“We have the responsibility of oversight functions and and you can only do this on what you know and have. That is what informed our gathering here, to take our colleagues through what MTEF is all about and what the Lagos would look like in the next three years.

“So we expect each committee to take this in and understand perfectly what would become of each sector in the next three years.”

He said he was optimistic that the retreat would add positively to the capacity of the lawmakers to collaborate effectively with the executive arm.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who represented the Speaker before the latter’s arrival, said the resource persons were highly knowledgeable in budget planning and budgeting and that the participants would enjoy every bit of the programme.

Eshinlokun-Sanni said a proper understanding of MTEF would aid lawmakers’ understanding of budgeting and budgeting process.

“At the end of the retreat, lawmakers would have been well educated on the essence of MTEF to effective planning and budget process and that the knowledge would help them in their oversight duties,” he said.

Welcoming the participants, the Acting Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko, said Lagos, since its emergence as a democratic state in 1979, had been playing a role in the transformation of Nigeria’s economy and making it remain the nerve centre of ECOWAS with a Gross National Product (GNP) of any West Africa Country.

“Beyond its shores, Lagos is regarded as the nerve centre of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a Gross National Product (GNP) that is three times that of any West African country, thus making it the hub and the springboard for innovation and development in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

“With these critical facts in mind, it is highly instructive to note that managing a state like Lagos with such huge economy and massive population coupled with constant daily influx of citizens from other states across the nation is certainly by no means easy.

” It is said that if Lagos sate were to be a country, it would be the 5th largest economy in Africa. Thus, attaining this enviable stature has taken years of committed leadership, meticulous planning, sustainable development, collaborative efforts within the arms of government, and particularly with robust representation by the legislature,” he added.

He described the retreat as a proactive move by the House ahead of the budget presentation and passage.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS PASS CONFIDENCE VOTE ON OBASA, NAME COLLEAGUES CREATING CRISIS

Thirty-five members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday denied a reported plot to impeach their Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. They also passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker.

The lawmakers, who praised the Speaker’s style of leadership, named a member, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, as the brain behind the false information and sometimes, outright fake stories about the House and its leadership.

The lawmakers passed the vote of confidence after their colleague representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, raised a motion eulogising the Speaker over the way he runs the affairs of the House.

Olowo thanked the Speaker for addressing the EndSARS protesters at the late hours of Thursday despite his tight schedule, saying it was rear for a leader to do such at that period of time.

“I raise this afternoon to appreciate you and the Deputy Speaker for the prompt attention and response to the EndSARS protest. On Thursday, my son in Canada told me he saw you and the Deputy Speaker addressing the youths at midnight.

“It shows that you are not just a leader but a brother whom blood runs in his vain. And we all know that the youths is the strength of this nation. There are youths who are doing negative things but we have many who are very hardworking.

“They have won many accolades and awards in and outside Nigeria. For you to have taken time to address the protesters, it shows you are more than a leader but a father and a builder.

“In addition, on Friday, you called an emergency plenary to address the issue of the EndSARS protesters; it shows you are a father and a leader. Aside that, you have done things that make me to appreciate you. The preservation of Yoruba language and culture by introducing the speaking of Yoruba language during plenary session on Thursdays.

“Before I will move vote of confidence in you, I want to say this, that you should allow members to raise their voice and as well their hands and allow them to speak because the mischievous people have started again with intention to destroy your person.

“On Saturday, I read on the social media that 26 members of the Lagos state House of Assembly have begun to sign for your impeachment. I don’t know the 26 the report was talking about because I know that you have the majority in this House. And I also know that we are more than 26 who are your followers in this House because you are a great man.

“We should know the 26 members that have signed for your impeachment today. So, I want to urge you, Mr Speaker to allow the members to talk and eulogise you because you are doing well”, said Olowo.

“In his comments, the lawmaker representing Surulere 1, Hon Desmond Elliot, said the issue of lawmakers signing impeachment notice against the speaker was becoming too much, saying that the leadership should invoke the suspension of erring members.

Also, Hon. Fatai Oluwa ( Ajeromi Ifelodun 2) clarified that he was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Turkey as against the earlier false story that the Speaker went alone.

“I was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Instabul in Turkey but to may surprise in the report I read online, Hon. Wahab Jimoh’s name was not mentioned as part of beneficiaries. This shows that he was the one who was divulging information about this House to the media,” he said.

The lawmaker representing Ifako/Ijaiye 1, Hon. Temitope Adewale, assured the Speaker of his loyalty, saying that before he was elected, he had known the House to be a peaceful Assembly.

Adewale also accused Hon. Wahab Jimoh of divulging unauthorised information of the House to the media, saying that he listened recently to a voice note where the alleged lawmaker told some people to search for Houses owned by the Speaker abroad and in Nigeria.

Also, Hon. Olusola Sokunle ( Oshodi-Isolo 1) said his loyalty to the Speaker remains unshakable, adding that those fingered in the act of divulging information of the House to the media should be suspended.

“My loyalty to Speaker Obasa is unshakable. I don’t know why some people would be after pulling Mr Speaker down at all cost. We want the Majority Leader to speak out and make it clear where he belongs if he is for the majority or the minority.

“We have information at our disposal that Hon. Wahab Jimoh is searching around for Obasa’s properties in United States. If any information comes out to the media, I suggest that Hon. Wahab Jimoh should be suspended indefinitely. We should also investigate my dear brother, Hon. Moshood Oshun, if he is part of it. When we have peace we will call them back”, said Sokunle.

Hon. Lukmon Olumoh ( Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1) said: “I don’t know why some members will want to bring the Speaker down at all cost despite his wonderful contributions to the growth and development of State parliament in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. I want to assure Mr Speaker that I remain loyal to him and will stand with him till the end”.

Hon. Victor Akande ( Ojo 2), on his part, described Obasa as a listening leader who accommodates members’ views on issues, saying that the Speaker was instrumental to his re-election.

“I will want the Majority Leader to speak out on where he belongs on this House. We are majority in this House and he is our majority leader. The minority cannot rule over the majority”, said Akande.

While responding, the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said he was embarrassed by the comments of those asking him to state where he belongs on the issue. He added that with the vote of confidence passed on the Speaker, those behind the purported impeachment plan have been disgraced.

“I know fully well that impeachment of the Speaker cannot be done on the social media and it takes a process,” said Agunbiade.

All lawmakers in attendance took turn to appreciate the legislative acumen and leadership of Speaker Obasa.

However, the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said: “I don’t entertain any fear concerning the media reports. My becoming the Speaker was through the Almighty Allah. This House of Assembly is one and will remain one forever. The House is not divided.”

Obasa said that the media report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered 40 duplexes and other properties linked to him was the handiwork of his political enemies.

“I strongly believe that my becoming Speaker was by divine intervention. It was not something planned. It happened through the will of Allah. Being here today as Speaker with you is still by the grace of Almighty Allah. So, if one believes this, he would have peace of mind,” he said.

The Speaker said the House is one and continue to remain one.

“This House will never be divided. If there is anybody that is not please let him adjust himself. Let us see this House as our responsibility.

“I have been here for a while, a Speaker had been removed, a Deputy Speaker had been removed. So, if anybody is removed, he should take it as part of the process of the House. Nobody, including me, can say that without him the House cannot progress. We should desist from that,” he said.

Obasa noted that everything that has happened since March concerning tuf Assembly is political.

“The interest is to get the Speaker out of way, not because of Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa. There have been allegations upon allegations and we challenged them to bring evidence of awarding contracts to family members, nobody has been able to bring any. We have challenged them to bring approvals that we have not implemented, nothing.

“They have taken me to EFCC. I have been invited and I have honoured their invitation. The invitation continues. So, it is nothing but desperation to get the Speaker out of the way. I just hope EFCC would not allow itself to be dragged into political matters.

“Let us continue to work together in the interest of our people. Those who are chasing shadows will get tired.

“Muyiwa Jimoh was calling America asking for Obasa’s house number. We have the evidence. We have many records and this is a colleague. We just ignored so many things.

“We thank God we are almost all members in the House today and we heard what every member said. It shows that the House is one and peaceful. We will continue to be so and not allow anybody to distract us from doing what we are here for.

“Once again, I pray that Almighty Allah will continue to support each one of us as you have always supported me in this assignment. Thank you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAGOS ASSEMBLY REACTS TO PROSCRIPTION OF F-SARS, SENDS MESSAGE TO BUHARI

The Lagos State House of Assembly has described the eventual proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) as proof that democracy has come to stay.

The House also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for hearkening to the cries of the people and ensuring their immediate wish was met with the disbandment of the police unit.

A statement from the office of the Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, thanked those who took to the streets in Lagos State for their civility while the protests lasted.

Obasa said it was commendable that the protesters carried out their agitations with utmost respect for the authorities as well as government and residents’ property and assets.

Recall that the Lagos State House of Assembly had on Friday raised a seven-point resolution one of which was that F-SARS be scrapped.

The state lawmakers had called for the introduction of a better reformed unit of the police.

They had also called on the National Assembly to immediately commence a probe into the allegation of inhuman treatments meted out to innocent Nigerians by the personnel of the police in the unit.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, finally announced an end to F-SARS and added that other reforms would be announced soon.

“It is a win-win for the country and a proof that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is prepared to listen to the yearnings of the people where it they matter.

“A special commendation goes to Nigerians who expressed their grievances peacefully for days.

“As the country awaits more police reforms as announced by the IGP, we plead with the masses to remain calm, go about their activities peacefully and continue to be good citizens of the country,” the statement said.

BREAKING: PROSCRIBE F-SARS, SECURE PROTESTERS – LAGOS ASSEMBLY ISSUES 7 DEMANDS IN SUPPORT OF #ENDSARS

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday demanded the proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery and the introduction of a new and well-structured security outfit in its place.

The House also called on the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, to provide protection for the protesters while they express their grievances.

The call was made at an emergency sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, to add a voice to the current call across the nation for an end to the widely reported alleged inhuman activities of the body.

Late Thursday, Obasa and some lawmakers had addressed some residents of Lagos who protested to the House of Assembly demanding for an end to F-SARS with some of them alleging that innocent people had become the major victims of the body.

Among the seven-point resolution passed after an extensive deliberation was also that the Senate and the House of Representatives should carry out a probe of the allegations against F-SARS including killing, maiming and dehumanising of Nigerians.

Below is the list of demands made by the House of Assembly:

RESOLUTION ON END SARS PROTEST
The House Resolved as Follows,that:

1. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State should protect End-SARS Protesters in the state and ensure that they are not molested

2. The Commissioner of Police should stop unwarranted molestation of our youths by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad otherwise known as F-SARS and its counterparts in the State.

3. The Senate President and the Speaker of National Assembly should institute public enquiry on the extra judicial activities, killings,maiming and dehumanization of our youths by the Anti- Robbery Squad ; ensure that the victims are duly compensated while erring officers sanctioned appropriately.

4. SARS be proscribed and a new security outfit which will be more efficient with clearly spelt out code of conduct and rule of engagements be established while sanction is imposed for misdemeanor.

5. Mr President to ensure that culpable officials of SARS receive the punishment as prescribed by the National Assembly.

6. Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions liaise with the Commissioner of Police and Attorney General of the State to fashion out ways and means to address allegations of ruthlessness and extra judicial killings contained in the petition against SARS in the state.

7. The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu engage relevant institutions to protect lives and property in the state such that phones, laptops and other means of communication belonging to youths are not confiscated indiscriminately without warrant.

 

 

 

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