Fashola And The Tollgate Hidden Camera, Usurpation Of Powers Of Panel Of Inquiry On SARS Abuses-Adegboruwa
A member of Panel of inquiry set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN, has questioned the rationale behind the visit of south west governors and some ministers to Lekki Tollgate yesterday when a Panel has been set up to unravel what happened on Tuesday October 20, 2020 during the alleged shootings.
He was particularly irked that the action of a former governor of the state and minister of works and housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, who saw and picked a hidden camera during the tour yesterday may jeopardize the inquiry.
He contended that it is only the panel that has the right to visit and inspect the place to find out what transpired on that fateful Tuesday.
Below is the full text of the statement
USURPATION OF POWERS OF THE PANEL OF INQUIRY ON SARS ABUSES
On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized that Ministers and Governors of the South-West visited the Governor of Lagos State on a sympathy tour of structures affected by the wanton looting and destruction that took place last week. In the course of their visit, they were led to the Lekki Toll Plaza, to assess the situation thereat. It was at the same Lekki Toll Plaza that the incident of alleged shooting of EndSARS protesters was said to have taken place. And based on public outcry, the Governor of Lagos State added the Lekki Toll Plaza incident to the terms of reference of the Judicial Panel that was set up.
Since the Panel has been vested with jurisdiction over the Lekki Toll Plaza, I verily believe that it is illegal for anyone else to conduct any visit to the said Lekki Toll Plaza in the absence of and without the authority and consent of the Panel. It was reported that in the course of the visit, the former governor of Lagos State and the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, discovered a hidden camera, which he took. This is a clear case of illegally tampering with exhibits that may become useful to the Panel in the course of its assignment.
I appeal to the Governor of Lagos State to allow the Panel the full autonomy and independence that was promised at the time of inauguration. It is contempt of the Panel for anyone to usurp the powers of the Panel in the way that has been reported. In this regard, the Panel will not shy away from summoning anyone who is alleged to be involved in any contemptuous act that may obstruct the course of justice.
I call on all Nigerians to come up with their complaints before the Panel for proper ventilation, as it begins its sitting today.
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN