Governor Sanwo-Olu Named As Suspect After Being Dragged to Court docket Over Lekki Toll Gate Taking pictures
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been dragged to a courtroom over his function within the taking pictures and killing of #EndSARS protesters.
The Lagos state authorities and Sanwo-Olu had been taken to a federal excessive courtroom by two attorneys who prayed the courtroom to disband the Judicial Panel Of Inquiry and Restitution For Victims Of SARS, saying the panel won’t serve justice to victims.
The Plaintifs within the case, Adekunle Augustine and Semion Akogwu, mentioned that the Lagos state governor, being a celebration within the matter, didn’t train his energy in public curiosity by organising the panel.
The plaintiffs are praying the courtroom to make a declaration that the Lagos State Governor, being a celebration can’t arrange a panel to analyze itself and the result of the panel will probably be in favour of the state.
The plaintiffs averred that he who pays the piper dictates the tune.
Aside from the judicial panel of inquiry, different defendants within the swimsuit are, the Governor Of Lagos State, the Chairman of the panel and the Legal professional-Normal of the state who’re 1st, third and 4th defendants respectively.
The Chairman of the panel is listed because the 2nd respondent within the case dated November 11,2020 and filed at a Lagos federal excessive courtroom with swimsuit quantity FHC/L/CS/1572/20.
The plaintiffs, Augustine and Akogwu, within the swimsuit, filed by way of their counsel, Samuel Adama, Esq. search the willpower of the next questions:
*WHETHER having regards to part 36(1) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Reveals A and Exhibit B, the 2nd Defendant being an Agent/Appointee of the first Defendant can guarantee honest listening to for the Plaintiffs below the auspices of the third Defendant in a mater during which the first Defendant is a celebration?
*WHETHER having regards to part 5(2) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Reveals A and Exhibit B, the first Defendant validly exercised his powers in public curiosity by organising the third Defendant to analyze a matter during which the first Defendant himself is a celebration?
*WHETHER having regards to Reveals A and Exhibit B, the first Defendant is a celebration to be investigated below the phrases of reference for the third Defendant within the discharge of its mandate?
*WHETHER the 4th Defendant being the Chief regulation officer of the State should act in public curiosity by advising the first Defendant in opposition to the organising of the third Defendant and should do all issues legally potential to make sure honest listening to within the matter?
Upon the willpower of the questions, the plaintiffs additionally prayed the courtroom for the next reliefs:
*A DECLARATION that having regards to part 36(1) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) along with Reveals A and Exhibit B, the 2nd Defendant being an Agent/Appointee of the first Defendant can’t guarantee honest listening to for the Plaintiffs below the auspices of the third Defendant in a matter during which the first Defendant is a celebration.
*A DECLARATION that having regards to part 36(1) of the Structure of the Federal Fepublic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) along with Reveals A and Exhibit B, the first Defendant, being a celebration within the matter, didn’t train his energy in public curiosity by organising the third Defendant.
*A DECLARATION that the appointment of the 2nd Defendant and the organising of the third Defendant by the first Defendant is tantamount to creating the first Defendant a Choose in his personal trigger and ipso facto breaches the Plaintiffs rights to honest listening to.
*AN ORDER of this Honourable Court docket disbanding the third Defendant and nullifying its proceedings and by any means actions taken thereby thus far to offer approach for a reputable and unbiased fee of inquiry to be arrange by the Federal Authorities to take over the mandate of the third Defendant as contemplated by its institution abi nitio.
Within the affidavit in assist of the originating summon, the plaintiffs mentioned,
”That on the 20th of October, 2020, the first Defendant triggered the deployment of troops to Lekki Toll gate, Lagos State the place numerous youths had been gathered in peaceable protest in opposition to police brutality; and the troops fired a number of artillery weapons on the scene main to numerous levels of bodily accidents and alleged dying of a number of folks.
”That the first Defendant admitted that he licensed the deployment of troops to Lekki Toll Gate on that 20th October, 2020 to cease the peaceable protest which by extension occasioned using artillery weapons by the troopers on the scene, resulting in some life threatening accidents, grievous harm and alleged dying of most of the protesters. A newspaper publications to the truth that the first Defendant admitted he licensed the deployment of troops to Lekki Toll Gate Lagos on that 20th October, 2020 is hereby annexed and marked Exhibit ‘A’.
”That the first Defendant thereafter arrange of the third Defendant consisting of 20 members with the 2nd Defendant because the Head, for the aim of investigating the Lekki Toll Gate army invasion and different issues thereto and to make suggestions to the first Defendant on the findings. A newspaper publication on this truth is hereby annexed and marked Exhibit ‘B’
”That the first Defendant constituted the third Defendant and appointed all of the members thereof at his pleasure.
”That I’m desirous of in search of justice within the matter however I strongly consider I will probably be prejudiced by the organising of the third Defendant, therefore this swimsuit.
”That because the 1st Defendant licensed the army invasion that led to the varied levels of bodily harm and alleged dying of many Nigerians who had been on the scene at Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th October, 2020, he’s a principal determine to be investigated and therefore I can’t have honest listening to on the platform of the third Defendant which is a creation of the first Defendant that’s equally on the edge of investigation over the matter”.
Beneath are signed copy of courtroom papers: