A lawyer for the #EndSARS protester in Lagos, Adesina Ogunlana, on Friday, November 20, insisted that the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, must appear before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing last month’s alleged killing of protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of the state.
Ogunlana issued the petition against Sanwo-Olu at the resumed sitting of the panel on Friday; stating since the military claimed that they were invited by the governor, it is important for him to appear before the panel to demonstrate his professed belief in the rule of law.
1st News had reported the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, during his cross-examination by the panel, said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, ordered the deployment of soldiers to the tollgate following a request by Sanwo-Olu.
It was on this premise that Ogunlana insisted that Sanwo-Olu must appear before the panel; saying his evidence would put things in the balance.
He said: “Of course, that is taken. Sanwo-Olu will have to come before the panel; he’s a factor and he will come. He says he believes in the rule of law, his Attorney General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has come to appear before the panel to just make a short speech and to affirm that the Lagos State government is indeed committed to unraveling the truth about what happened at Lekki on that day; and the military has mentioned him, so, he is a factor.”
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, November 19, slammed allegations he collected N2 billion to facilitate the confirmation of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu for a second term as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Equally important, Lawan described the reports as spurious; noting that they exist only in the imagination of purveyors of fake news.
Specifically, the Senate President disclosed this in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi on Thursday in Abuja.
“The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a report by Sahara Reporters; alleging that a group led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, collected N2billion from Professor Mahmood Yakubu to facilitate the confirmation of his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to a fresh five-year tenure as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“It is noteworthy that the publication, as always with its ridiculous fabricated reports; could not even expand the entertainment of its readers by providing the names of members of the fictitious group and where the group operates from.