LASG Rejects FOI Request For CCTV Footage Of Lekki Tollgate Shootings
LASG Rejects FOI Request For CCTV Footage Of Lekki Tollgate Taking pictures
A Freedom of Data request for the CCTV footage of the taking pictures of unarmed protesters by the Nigerian Military on the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020 has been declined by the Lagos State Authorities.
That is contained in a letter written by Deyemi Bamgbose on behalf of the Legal professional-Normal of Lagos State.
A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, had written a letter to the state authorities final week invoking the Freedom of Data Act 2011.
Effiong had within the letter addressed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, requested for the CCTV footage within the curiosity of the general public.
Nonetheless, in a response dated November 3, 2020 titled, ‘Re: Pressing Request Pursuant to the Freedom of Data Act 2011’, the state authorities mentioned it couldn’t make the CCTV footage obtainable as a result of the FoI Act is a federal regulation and it doesn’t apply to states.
The federal government additionally cited a 2018 Court docket of Attraction judgement to again its declare.
The letter learn partially, “I’m additional directed to tell you that the legal guidelines of Lagos State don’t embrace the Freedom of Data Act which is a federal regulation that’s not relevant to the state. As such, your request can’t be granted.”
The state authorities mentioned within the case of EDOSACA vs Osakue and others in 2018, the Court docket of Attraction dominated that, “My robust view on it’s that given the provisions of the mentioned Act as presently enacted vis a vis Part four of the 1999 Structure and Objects four and 5 of Half 2, 2nd schedule thereof, the applicant isn’t certain to adjust to the provisions of the Freedom of Data Act 2011.”
The PUNCH, nevertheless, learnt that one other Court docket of Attraction in Akure in April 2018 had dominated that the FoI Act was relevant to all states of the federation however the Lagos State Authorities chosen the ruling that would justify its determination to not honour the FoI request.
The FoI Act, which was signed into regulation by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, makes it obligatory for public information to be made obtainable to those that request for it.
Nonetheless, Lagos State and lots of others have in the previous few years refused to honour FoI requests whilst civil society teams accuse them of working an opaque authorities.
FoI request by Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Mission to the state authorities to elucidate how a $90m World Financial institution mortgage for the improve of public faculties was spent was rejected by then Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), in 2014.