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Sanwo-Olu Promises to Make Panel’s Report on Lekki Shooting Public

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has said the state government, under his leadership, would not make an attempt to cover up the findings and recommendations of the state’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the investigation of the Lekki toll gate incident and abuse of powers by the police.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said this on Thursday while speaking on the experience of the state during the #EndSARS protest.

The governor said the state will make a full disclosure of the final report of the panel to the public.

While concluding the judicial panel’s during on Monday, Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge heading the panel, earlier said the panel would submit its findings on Lekki shooting, which include individual petitions on the incident to the state government and recommend compensation to the petitioners.

She said the report and recommendation would be made public by the state government.

Mr Sanwo-Olu, however, said whether the report is in favour of the state or not, the government would not make an attempt to cover it up, as the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

“The panel concluded its sittings about three days ago and has asked for time to put the reports together behind closed doors. We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public. We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our government stands for.

“We will make full disclosure of whatever recommendations that the panel will come up with. I assure citizens of Lagos that we will not leave anything to chance,” he said.

Speaking on the procession held by youths at the Lekki tollgate in memory of the #EndSARS protests and those that died, Mr Sanwo-Olu said he ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police, except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

He commended the police for being alive with their responsibility to identify and isolate troublemakers from among law-abiding people who conduct themselves in line with the laws.

Mr Sanwo-Olu also urged the youth to be stakeholders in the rebuilding and development of the state, reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

“It is exactly a year ago today when Lagos was hit by violence in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests. Lagos witnessed massive destruction of infrastructure, iconic buildings, transport infrastructure, police station and others.

“Today being a year after the event, there is no better time to say how difficult it has been for us as a state and how committed it has been for us. As tough as it is, the government will certainly not shy away from its responsibility. We see the incident as a challenge and we will fix it with everything that we have.”

He said although the destruction had slowed down operational activities of the affected public institutions, the government needs the cooperation of the youths towards a greater Lagos.

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LSSTF’s Balogun Tours EPAIL Facility, Commends Management for Contributions to Security

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The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, has paid a visit to the Equipment and Protective Applications International Limited (EPAIL) mega factory, with the Chairman/CEO of EPAIL expressing delight at the Fund’s visit while conducting his guest on a tour of the facility.

During the visit, the ES witnessed the production of security equipment such as armored hard body for vehicles, ballistic plates, helmets, vests, etc. from scratch using locally sourced materials. A test was also conducted on one of the locally made crowd dispersal water cannon and other crowd control equipment.

Speaking on the visit, Balogun said: “The security challenges in the state continue to increase as a result of the harsh economic situation in the country hence the visitation which was in furtherance of the Fund’s commitment to continue to source for and provide the required equipment and home grown state of the art security gadgets and technological solutions that meet international standards, fit for our terrain and useable by security agencies to combat crime in the State.”

The LSSTF CEO also commended EPAIL Nigeria for its outstanding work and contributions in the area of security, noting that “The importance of a strong and formidable security outfit cannot be overemphasized as it is one of the hallmarks of a thriving society.  As we approach the 2023 general elections, it is critical that we strengthen our security agencies to enable them proactively combat crime and maintain law and order in the State, therefore we call on our donors to do more by way of contributions in cash or kind to the Fund towards improved security in the State in our collective self-interest”.

Subsequently, the Chairman of EPAIL thanked the Executive Secretary of the Fund for his visit and pledged his continuous support to the Fund.

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Many Feared Killed As Explosion Rocks Kano

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Many are feared dead after an explosion on Aba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State.

While details of the blast are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, visuals from the scene showed that many buildings, one of which is suspected to house a primary school, were affected.

One of the videos that surfaced online also showed injured schoolchildren being moved from the scene of the incident.

Parents were also searching for their children.

One of them was heard shouting “my children”.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, has clarified that gas and not a bomb exploded in the state on Tuesday morning. He made the clarification during his visit to the scene of the incident.

Dikko, who spoke in Hausa, also confirmed that four persons were dead.

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News of Closure of Ogui, Trans-Ekulu Stations Fake – Enugu Police

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The Enugu State Police Command has said that the news making the rounds in the closure of Ogui and Trans-Ekulu police stations is fake, urging the public the disregard the false publication.

A statement by the Command’s PPRO, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), quoted the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal as describing the story as not just unfounded, and a figment of the publisher’s imagination, but also a misinformation targeted at creating panic among peace loving citizens of Enugu State.

The statement also expressed the CP’s resolve to continue to “deliver the statutory mandates of the Nigeria Police Force in the State, including ensuring that Police Stations remain opened to members of the public and maintain robust crime detection/prevention patrols and visibility policing of their assigned areas of responsibilities.”

CP Lawal therefore, urged the “general public and residents of Enugu State in particular, to disregard such untrue publications and continue to promptly report security situations and criminal activities to Police Stations nearest to them, noting that Police Stations in the State remain open to the general public on a twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week (24/7) basis.”

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