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Lagos #EndSARS Report: It’s Not Right For Nigerians To Disparage Military – Defence Chief

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Lucky Irabor

General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, has said it is not right for Nigerians to disparage the personnel of the country’s military in the light of the details of the recently submitted report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

The panel, chaired by Justice Doris Okwuobi, in its report submitted on Monday, stated that #EndSARS protesters were killed on the night of October 20, 2020, adding that the actions of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force can be equated to a massacre.

This has elicited a lot of reactions, with many Nigerians calling for stringent punishments to be handed out to the indicted officers of the Nigerian Army.

Responding on Tuesday to the reactions, Irabor said he cannot make any informed comment until he sees the report and its White Paper is issued by the Lagos State government.

The Defence Chief, however, insisted that the Nigerian military does not engage in dishonourable activities, adding that Nigerians should not denigrate their own armed forces.

“Whether it’s a true report, I can’t tell. But I will like to indicate that the normal procedure is to have such a report submitted to the convening authority,” Irabor said while fielding questions from journalists at an event in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

“Then, there will be a white paper presented based on which one can then make informed comment.

“But whatever it is, currently, I will like to indicate that the armed forces of Nigeria is a professional armed forces which remain committed to constitutional mandate.

“If there are issues, of course, we’ll address them within the ambit of the divisions.

“It will not be right to disparage men and women who have worked so hard to ensure that the territorial integrity of the nation is kept intact.

“So, until I see the full report, I may not be able to say anything. But I can assure you that the armed forces of Nigeria are well disciplined and do not engage in ignoble acts.”

 

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#EndSARS: Lagos govt releases Judicial Panel of Inquiry reports online

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Lagos EndSARS panel submits report to Governor Sanwo Olu
Lagos EndSARS panel submits report to Governor Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has released the online version of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry reports.

A statement signed by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said the reports submitted by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry titled: “Report of Lekki Incident Investigation on 20th October 2021” and “Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality” both dated November 15, 2021, and submitted to Mr. Governor on the same date are now available to the public.

Members of the public can view and download the certified true copy (CTC) of the documents on the website of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/

Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice through [email protected]

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Dowen Assures Parents Of Safety, Swings Into Collaborative Investigation With LASG

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The Board and Management of Dowen College, Lagos, have assured parents of safety and security after tragedy hit the school following the death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni, who was reportedly beaten to death for refusal to join a cult.

According to the statement signed by the Board and Management of Dowen College, was titled, ‘Dowen College speaks: Commiserates with Sylvester Oromoni’s family, the school commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased.

The school noted steps and investigation are currently ongoing in collaboration with the Lagos State government.

Statement read: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of one of our beloved students, Sylvester Oromoni Jr. He was dearly loved by his teachers; fellow students and he was a beacon of light for the school.

“The tragic unfortunate incident which transpired this past November, and Sylvester’s untimely death requires thorough and proper investigation. Dowen College is fully committed to this. We are assisting the authorities to get to the bottom of this heart-breaking incident. The first step taken by the school, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, has been the immediate closure of the school to aid the investigation.

“Understandably, at this time of intense grief and suffering, emotions are raw and tensions are high. We pray that God, who alone knows how to comfort the sorrowing, will comfort Sylvester’s family and all those who loved and knew him.

“We commiserate with the Oromoni family and the students of Dowen College who have lost a friend and fellow student. This is a traumatic experience. We assure our parents that the school is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of their children and wards. This is paramount. Every child is valued at Dowen College and their health and well-being is of utmost priority to the school.”

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BREAKING: Idris Bello Dambazau arrested

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The Kano State Chairman of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), General Idris Dambazau over allegations of economic Sabotage.

Reports according to close source of the Operatives said that the DSS accused Gen. Dambazau rtd of unilateral closure of seven petroleum filling stations without following due process.

has been arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS over ‘Economic Sabotage’.

Dambazzau, who is currently the Kano State Chairman of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) was picked up by the operatives over the unilateral closure of seven petroleum filling stations without following due process.

All efforts to make Gen. Dambazau open the filling stations fell in deaf ears as the move was an ‘illegal assignment’ which was beyond the powers of his office.

Citing section 48 of the Nigerian Constitution which clearly states that, any government ministry, department or agency exercising any power or function or taking any action which may have direct impact on midstream or downstream petroleum operations shall consult with the authority.

This according to the section is prior to issuing any regulations, guidelines, enforcement order or directives, which a security source emphasized that Dambazzau disregarded.

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