Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has blasted the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, for saying the late Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni, died a natural death without an established fact by the coroner.
Falana, who is a lawyer to the Oromoni family, also rejected the report purportedly issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions, adding that the person who signed the report had no power to do so.
He said: “Under the Coroner Systems Law of Lagos State, only the coroner appointed by the chief coroner is competent to speak authoritatively on the cause of death of any person whose death arose from suspicious circumstances. So, the statement credited to an official in the Office of the DPP and the CP is deliberately meant to subvert the inquest being conducted by the coroner.
“An inquest is a judicial inquiry into the cause of death of any person whose death is unnatural in Lagos State. One Adetutu Osinusi, who wrote the legal advice purportedly clearing the suspects was not and is not the Director of Public Prosecutions in Lagos State.
“On January 4, when she allegedly wrote that illegal advice, there was no acting or substantive DPP in Lagos State. We, therefore, advise the CP to stop making comments on the unfortunate death of Sylvester Oromoni since he has said the matter is pending before the coroner.”
Bandits are currently attacking Ayu, Danko Wasagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi State, POLITICS NIGERIA.
Bandits attacks in Kebbi state have been on the ascendancy in recent months. Hundreds of the residents have fled their homes, relocating to other towns in the state and internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps. Recall POLITICS NIGERIA had exclusively reported the bandits attack that occurred on January 14: 17 residents were brutally murdered and many more abducted in a punitive expedition. Four days after the carnage of January 14 in Dankade, the bandits raided Ayu, and abducted 29 villagers into the forest. Unlike cases in other North-west states, attacks in rural Kebbi are hardly reported in the media. Over 200 lives were lost to banditry in the state in 2021 alone, this newspaper’s findings revealed.
Alhaji Abdul Gafar Bakare, former confidential secretary to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo while he was the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State has narrated his experience when he worked with him for eight years.
A devoted Muslim, Bakare had been a secretary at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice prior to the appointment of Osinbajo in 1999. But the appointment changed his life forever.
Prior working with the Vice President he was a trained secretary with no university education.
“Prof. (Osinbajo) not only encouraged me to further my education even at my relatively old age, he personally sponsored my BSc Accounting programme and even sponsored my pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.”
Bakare recalled that he was not the only beneficiary of Osinbajo’s large heart.
“He also sponsored some of our colleagues who became lawyers while others are into other professions”.
He added that, “Prof. is a distinctive person that one needs to emulate. He is a contented man who accommodates any serious minded individual. Even with his present position he still gives recognition to those he knows before becoming Vice President.
“I am most grateful to Allah for the opportunity of working with this kind and generous boss. I also count it as a privilege to express my views about my boss,” he said.
Bakare says he has since retired from the state civil service.
While in office as Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Osinbajo undertook far-reaching judicial reform in Lagos State, addressing critical areas as judges’ recruitment, remuneration, training and discipline.
The emoluments of Lagos judges witnessed and increase of more than 300 per cent, a situation that made the judges to earn more than Supreme Court Justices.
The Federal and State governments soon followed the good example he laid to gibe better packages to judicial officers.
He also addressed access to justice for the poor by the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), the first of its kind in Nigeria.
These offices have now been replicated in all states across the Federation. He transformed the office as well as his immediate staff.
Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus has revealed that the attention she gets recently is overwhelming.
Recall that the actress went on a weight loss journey, that has now left her looking all gorgeously trimmed.
The actress in a post via her Instagram page on Tuesday revealed that she gets a lot of attention these days, which makes her feel like she is a new baby. She further stated that this is a new journey for her.
She wrote: ‘’The attention I get now is quite overwhelming feels like I’m a newborn baby, it’s a new life for me and a new journey so walk with me on this and be a partaker don’t dull.’’