Lagos Govt Commissions Yaba Bus Terminal, Four Years After Project Conception

The Lagos State Government on June 15, 2021, commissioned the Yaba Bus Terminal.

 

The Lagos State Government has commissioned the Yaba Bus Terminal, as part of efforts by the state to boost transportation in a state where commuters are choked with traffic.

This is coming four years after the project was conceived.

The terminal was commissioned on Tuesday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, amid excitement by traders, commuters and transporters who thronged the venue for the formal opening of the facility.

Built by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), the bus station is an ancillary infrastructure that will complement the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line currently being constructed by the Sanwo-Olu administration along the Yaba corridor.

 

 

The terminal will connect to the Red Metro station to facilitate an integrated mass transit and seamless connectivity among all means of land transportation.

While inaugurating the terminal, Sanwo-Olu noted that the delivery of the infrastructure became a priority for his government to boost the efficiency of public transportation service on the axis.

He also said the complementary rail line would be ready in the next 18 months and that would give commuters options to choose the transportation mode they would prefer to get to their destinations.

“Yaba corridor is prominent feature in the Lagos State Transportation Master Plan, because of its peculiar nature as a melting pot of commercial, technological and academic activities. The city’s evolution over the years places enormous responsibility on the Government to ensure that its dynamism and growth are sustained through balanced development,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

 

 

“The facility being commissioned today is a world-class terminal from which buses will originate and terminate. In the next 18 months, this bus terminal will be integrated with the Yaba station of the Red Metro Line that is being constructed close to the terminal. The Yaba Bus Terminal reflects our vision for regulated bus services, which the State Government currently champions through Traffic Management and Transportation pillar of our T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.”

The governor said transportation services in the corridor would be supported by the recently launched First and Last Mile (FLM) Bus – a community-based transportation scheme that will take passengers from the inner routes to the major transit corridors to join either the rail or BRT buses to their destinations.

He added that in the last two years, his administration had been working to deliver transportation infrastructure that supports the state’s economy.

He, therefore, urged residents to take ownership of the project and protect the bus station from vandalism.

 

 

“All projects being delivered by the Government are being provided for public good. It is our collective responsibility to protect these assets. If anyone notices any abnormality, do not hesitate to say something about it. It is our civic duty to report wrongdoing and the destruction of public infrastructure to the security agencies and Government officials for prompt action,” the governor said.

Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladehinde, also noted that the Yaba Bus Station is the third to be delivered by the governor, disclosing that three new terminals in Ojota, Ajah and Ifako-Ijaiye would be added to public transportation assets before the end of the year.

“We are providing bus services into communities that are far away from the main transit corridors to cushion the effects of restrictions of the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in areas where they are banned by the Government,” Oladehinde said.

LAMATA Managing Director, Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, hailed Sanwo-Olu for the commitment and priority he accorded to the completion of the project, which, she said, would provide modal choices for residents traversing the corridor.

The Yaba Bus Terminal, Akinajo said, has a loading and off-loading bay for up to 15 midi and four high-capacity buses per loading time, and a stable for 20 high-capacity buses.

“The white Teflon covering being a waterproof fabric gives the terminal a unique look,” she said.

In the terminal’s administrative building are control room, ticketing and sitting area, restaurant with kitchenette, commercial stores, passenger information display board, ATM point and sit-out area.

The operation routes of the bus terminal include Lawanson-Itire Ijesha-Cele, Iyana-Ipaja, Berger, Ikeja, Akoka and Oyingbo.

Sex Scandal: Sanwo-Olu Hails UNILAG On Discipline

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has hailed the University of Lagos (UNILAG) for entrenching the culture of discipline and sustaining the school’s academic excellence.

The Governor particularly praised the university management for the recent disciplinary action taken against two erring academic staff indicted in a sex-for-mark scandal that rocked the school. He said the sanction would not only serve as a deterrent to members of the school that may have a similar tendency but also redeem the reputation of the university.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Thursday when he received members of the Federal Government’s Visitation Panel for UNILAG who came on a courtesy call at the State House in Marina. The panel members were led by the chairman, Lt. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd).

The Governor said: “It is a thing of joy to see a reputable citadel of learning managing its affairs properly and sustaining the culture of academic excellence. The school has maintained high discipline, as seen in the media reports about two days ago where lecturers who want to bring down the image and name of the school.

“The management of the school has been firm in ensuring that nobody is above the law. These are parts of the commendable steps which the school management has taken to ensure the standards are sustained.”

Sanwo-Olu reiterated his administration’s commitment to raising standards of education and academic research in the State, pointing out that the State Government had committed more investment in the sector to provide infrastructure in schools.

The Governor said the State Government would fulfil its pledge to UNILAG on the construction of a standard jetty at the school waterfront, stressing that another infrastructure around the campus was being ramped up. He cited the ongoing reconstruction work on St. Finbar’s Road and Iwaya Road, and other adjoining areas around UNILAG.

This effort, Sanwo-Olu said, is to give members of the campus community a feel of the impact being made by the State Government.

The Governor added that the metropolitan fibre optic cables currently being rolled out across the State would help improve academic research in tertiary institutions.

Agwai described Sanwo-Olu as an “education-friendly Governor, acknowledging the strides attained by Lagos in the education sector.

He said the panel was raised by the Federal Government to carry out a full assessment of the administration of the school to know the challenges it is facing in delivering on its mandate.

He said: “We are also mandated to carry out an assessment on the resources available to the university and how they have been utilised. We are looking at the laws setting up the school and relationship of the university with statutory bodies and its host community.”

Two lecturers dismissed

The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, 2021, approved the immediate dismissal of Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr. Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the services of the University.

Council, at its meeting, considered the Report and findings of the Senate Committee set up to investigate allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Investigative Series titled AFRICA EYE (which centred on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions).

The Council consequently decided and approved that both Dr Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo be dismissed from the services of the University for misconduct, with effect from Monday, May 31, 2021, in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.

Council further directed that the Management should review the Sexual harassment Policy as may be necessary and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.

Lagos Announces Night Closure Of Iju Level Crossing For Repairs

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State Government on Saturday said it will close the Iju level crossing for repairs between Sunday and Monday.

The notice was communicated via a statement signed by the Commissioner of Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde.

According to the Commissioner, the closure will commence from 8 pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday.

He explained that the closure was necessary to repair the damaged rail track caused by an accident involving an articulated vehicle.

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The Commissioner stressed that repairs had to be made urgently to prevent accidents of the train running on the track, assuring that alternative routes have been made available during the temporary closure.

Motorists from Abule-Egba can access Iju through Jonathan Coker, Charity to Olayiwola through Puposola to Toyin Level Crossing using Giwa, Oke-Aro. Charity to Abattoir to Okekoto to Pen Cinema Flyover is another option.

While motorists From Iju Road, Jonathan Coker going to Abule-Egba can navigate their desired destinations through Ogba College Road to Jonathan Coker, to Abule-Egba, as well as Iju-Ishaga to Toyin Level Crossing to Puposola through Charity, Abule-Egba.

The statement further explained that Pen Cinema Flyover to Tabon-Tabon through Abattoir, Charity to Abule-Egba are available for use. Also Ijaiye Road to Odo-Eran, by Mobil to Oba Ogunji, Pen Cinema Flyover.

The statement advised motorists to obey the Law Enforcement Officers deployed to manage traffic flow during the course of the night repairs at the level crossing, adding that the State Government prioritizes the safety of Lagosians and will continue to do so.

Lagos Govt Launches First And Last-Mile Buses To Replace ‘Okada’

The Lagos State Government launched 300 first and last-mile buses on May 18, 2021.
The Lagos State Government launched 300 first and last-mile buses on May 18, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday launched 500 first and last-mile buses, as well as 100 high-capacity buses to enhance the mode of transportation in the state.

According to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the buses will promote the state’s vision of an intermodal, integrated transport system, and enhance passengers’ connectivity to major routes in the state.

“Today, we launched 500 units of First and Last Mile (FLM) buses and 100 high and medium capacity buses for standard routes,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“The FLM buses will serve 286 identified routes within our communities as an alternative to addressing the menace and security threat constituted by Okada riders.

“FLM buses are safe and convenient as commuters will be able to use Cowry Travel Cards – an automated payment system already in use for BRT buses.

“We have delineated the FLM bus corridors into eight zones, comprising Ikeja and Ketu (Zone 1), Oshodi, Mushin, and Surulere (Zone 2), Berger, Yaba and Oyingbo (Zone 3) and Lagos Island, Ajah and Ibeju Lekki (Zone 4).

“Others are Iyana-ipaja and Agege (Zone 5), Mile 2, Iyana-Iba and Ajeromi (Zone 6), Ikorodu (Zone 7) and Epe and Badagry (Zone 8).”

The Governor said the FLM buses will be increased to 5,000 in the coming days.

“We added the 100 brand new high and medium capacity buses into the fleet of Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL) to replace vehicles burnt at BRT stations during the wave of violence last October,” he added.

“The launch of the FLM Bus Scheme is an important milestone in our quest to achieving the intermodal transport system which gives our teeming population the choices they deserve, reducing congestion and journey times, and improving the quality of life.”

Lagos Govt To Divert Traffic From Ojota Underpass, Announce Alternative Routes

Ikorodu road is one of the busiest highways in Lagos. Photo Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Ikorodu road is one of the busiest highways in Lagos. Photo Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Lagos State Government on Saturday said it will divert traffic from Ojota Underpass to Demurin Junction on the Ikorodu corridor from April 26 for a duration of four weeks.

The diversion is expected to allow the contractor handling the on-going reconstruction works on Ketu – Mile 12 road to commence construction on the service lane inward Ikorodu from Ojota underpass to Demurin Junction.

Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, communicated the news of the diversion in a statement.

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Oladeinde revealed that this will necessitate the temporary closure of access routes to Ketu during the duration of repair works, stressing further that this section was vital to the flawless completion of the rehabilitation that has been ongoing on Ikorodu Road over the past one year.

The statement further hinted that different alternative routes have been provided for road users to utilize during the construction period.

In addition the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on ground to direct traffic for free vehicular movement.

According to the statement, motorists coming from Iyana-Oworonshoki axis inward Ketu, Mile 12 and Ikorodu will be diverted to Alapere to make an exit through Ajelogo Street and Mile 12 Underbridge or alternately use the clover leaf ramp to descend into the Maryland bound lane to access the ramp back to the bridge and take another descent into the ketu bound main carriage way.

Traffic heading towards Ketu, Mile 12 and Ikorodu from Maryland/Ojota axis will be able to access the main carriage way inward Ikorodu while vehicles headed for the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway will equally have the exit ramp open to access their desired destinations.

Motorists can also use the exit ramp and make a U-turn at 7UP to use the second exit on Ojota Bridge.

The government appealed to residents, especially motorists that ply these corridors to support the project, which is aimed at finding a lasting solution to the congestion in the metropolis in line with efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the State Government.

JUSUN Strike: Adegboruwa Faults Relaxation Of Rules In Lagos

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the decision of the Lagos State Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to relax its strike rules to allow partial work.

Adegboruwa in a statement sent to Channels Television said the situation is ‘totally unacceptable.’

“It is either JUSUN is on strike or it is not,” the SAN said.

He lamented that the Federal Government is in compliance with financial autonomy even more than Lagos State, yet Federal workers are on solidarity strike.

READ ALSO: JUSUN Relaxes Strike Rules In Lagos, To Allow Partial Work

“I ask JUSUN, who is collecting revenue for the courts in Lagos State, is it not Alpha Beta?

“Who buys vehicles for judges and staff, is it not the executive? Why do we deceive ourselves?” he added.

Adegoruwa added that “I am personally concerned that the Lagos State Government is doing so much to abort the strike action, in the same fashion that it succeeded in dividing the NBA into executive sessions in State House Marina, instead of mass action.”

OPD Secures N1.5m Compensation For Client

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has secured a favourable landmark judgment and compensation in a case involving its client, Muraina Taiwo and Nahman Construction Ltd.

According to the Director, Office of the Public Defender, Dr. Babajide Martins, Justice Mustapha Tijani of National Industrial Court, Lagos Division, has ordered the defendant, Nahman Construction Ltd to pay the sum of N1.5 million to its former employee, Muraina Taiwo, as compensation for trauma and pains suffered.

He added that the Court also ordered the defendant to pay the claimant`s salary from August 2015 to the date of judgment delivery.

The Director explained that the claimant, Muraina Taiwo, was a casual labourer at the defendant’s construction site at the Landmark Event Centre, where he had an accident in September 2015. He was rushed to the hospital and surgery was carried out on his leg after the payment of the hospital bills by the defendant.

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Dr. Martins said the defendant refused to pay for a second surgery on the claimant after he was informed by the hospital that another round of surgery was required to correct the injury to his knees, adding that stoppage of the claimant’s salary, despite non-termination of his employment, compounded his situation.

“In a bid to seek redress and justice, the claimant hired a lawyer that filed the matter in court in 2016, but the lawyer stopped coming to the court due to unpaid bills. The claimant`s case was on the verge of being struck out by the Court, when it was referred to the Office of the Public Defender to avail him free legal services,” the Director explained.

“The OPD, in line with its statutory responsibility of defending the rights of defenseless residents of the State, swiftly deployed some of its best hands to represent the claimant and sought for various reliefs in court on the claimant’s behalf. It was the tenacity, discipline, and uncommon professionalism exhibited by the OPD Counsels during the hearing that resulted in the favourable judgment for Muraina Taiwo,” Martins asserted.

Expressing satisfaction with the outcome of the case despite the fact that the claimant’s case was referred to OPD at short notice for free legal assistance, the Director enjoined Lagos residents to always take advantage of the free legal services to protect their rights.

He urged employees having any dispute with their employers on issues bordering on compensation, gratuity, non-remittance of pension, and wrongful termination of the contract of employment to come forward for free legal assistance and representation.

Lagos East: Tribunal Strikes Out APM’s Petition Against Senator Abiru

 

 

The National Assembly and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, has struck out a suit filed by the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) challenging the victory of Senator Adetokunbo Abiru in the December 2020 Lagos East senatorial district poll.

In a ruling delivered on Tuesday, Justice Bassey Ikpeme who chaired the three-man panel struck out the petition after an application by the APM and its candidate, Olusola Babatope, to withdraw their petition.

The other two members of the panel were Justice Mohammed Abubakar and Justice M.M. Odanya.

Both petitioners had approached the Tribunal to nullify Abiru’s victory which was declared by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).

Apart from third defendant Abiru, his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – and INEC, were listed as the first and second respondents in the petition.

The Tribunal had fixed February 23 to hear the APC and INEC’s objections to the petition by APM and Babatope.

However, the petitioners did not file any response to the respondent’s objections.

Rather, having appraised the respondents’ defence to their petition, they filed an application seeking to withdraw it.

Abiru’s counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kemi Pinheiro, confirmed receipt of the petitioners’ application to withdraw the suit.

He also informed the Tribunal that under Paragraph 30 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended), Abiru had filed the affidavit required and would not be opposed to the application.

The APC’s counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko, who is also a SAN, and INEC confirmed receipt of the petitioner’s application to withdraw.

The Tribunal heard and granted the APM and Babatope’s application to withdraw their petition and subsequently struck out the petition.

COVID-19: Lagos Govt Takes Delivery Of 50 Hand Washing Devices

A file photo of people washing hands.
A file photo of people washing hands.

 

The Lagos State Government’s continued partnership with the private sector yielded yet another fruit on Tuesday as the government officially received 50 handwashing devices donated for use in public institutions in the State by Fate Foundation. 

The devices, which were made locally, were received by the Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment (OSDG&I) at a ceremony held in Ilupeju, Lagos.

Speaking at the ceremony, Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond, who received the devices on behalf of the State Government, expressed delight that another partnership is yielding positive fruits.

“Today’s ceremony is a testimony to the viability of an ongoing policy of the State Government, which continues to yield tremendous results. What FATE Foundation has done with this partnership is quite commendable, and I am elated to witness it.

“It’s particularly noteworthy that these devices, which will boost our efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, were fabricated here in Lagos. That way, it has also contributed to the development of entrepreneurship skills amongst youths in the state,” she added.

Hammond also stressed the significance of hand washing especially in all public places as fundamental in curbing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus and most importantly in improving individuals’ personal hygiene. 

“Today’s success story lends credence to what we can achieve for posterity when we come together and embrace positive action towards achieving all the 17 sustainable development goals. As long as we continue to work together, focus on hygiene and all key elements of making sure the pandemic is handled well, Lagos and indeed Nigeria will emerge victorious from the pandemic.” Hammond concluded.

Also speaking at the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs, Mr. Lekan Fatodu, said the donation was a double win for the state as it addresses multiple development goals.

“This is an ideal case of killing three birds with one stone. This singular donation addresses SDG three, which is good health and well-being; goal nine, which is industry, innovation and infrastructure; and goal 17 which focuses on forming strategic partnerships towards achieving the development goals,” he said.

In his remark, Mr Ahmed Ayinla, who invented the device, expressed his delight to have contributed his quota to the development of the State and the fight against COVID-19. He praised FATE Foundation Entrepreneurial programme for giving him a platform to thrive and be a change maker. 

“If not for FATE Foundation’s training and funding to produce the 50 devices, the dream and drive in me might have died,” he said.

He also stressed his belief that the invention would go a long way in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos State in particular and in Nigeria at large. 

Speaking on behalf of FATE Foundation, Mrs. Nike Adeyemi appreciated the Lagos State Government for their partnership and adoption of private initiatives in driving its development agenda.  She highlighted some other initiatives of FATE Foundation to include: free COVID-19 testing of over 800 individuals in Lagos University Teaching Hospital, training and funding of young entrepreneurs, wealth creation through tailored projects among other wonderful initiatives. 

She stated that the handwashing devices were made of recycled and sustainable materials and have been projected for distribution in public places such as schools, markets, and health centers.

The Chairman, Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA, Hon. Rasaq Ajala, commended FATE Foundation’s initiative towards supporting young entrepreneurs to discover their talents. 

“I’m glad that FATE Foundation has thrown their weight behind the Lagos State Government’s drive towards curtailing the spread of the coronavirus. And the way they have gone about it, tapping into the resourcefulness and creativity of our youth, is to be commended,” he said.

While praising the Lagos State Government for promoting public private partnerships towards deliver good governance, he encouraged other nongovernmental organizations to also come on board to support the administration’s development project in all sectors of the State’s economy.

Alleged Disobedience Of Court Orders: Home Owners Call out AMCON

 

Residents and landlords of Victory Park Estate, Lekki, Lagos have asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to order over alleged disobedience to court orders.

The estate spans almost 50 hectares and is one of the gated communities along the Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1.

The residents are accusing AMCON and its receiver-manager of outright disregard for law and order and illegal use of official powers.

They have also accused AMCON of harassment and persecution of the legitimate residents and owners of the estate despite pending court cases and orders.

Two of such cases were filed by Mrs. Bose Ibude and Okechukwu Okoli alongside his wife against AMCON and its Receiver/Manager, Lanre Olaoluwa.

#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards N10m Each To Two Victims Of Police Brutality

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality especially involving officers of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has begun awarding compensations to petitioners.

In a petition involving Mrs. Kudirat Adebayo Abayomi, who was killed by a police stray bullet in April 2017, the panel on Friday, recommended the prosecution of the erring police officers.

They also awarded the sum of N10 million as compensation to the family of the deceased, scholarship for the children, and a letter of apology to the family of the deceased from the police.

The second petitioner, Hannah Olugbode, is a 35-year-old hairdresser, who has been on crutches after her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by some SARS officers around the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos.

 

 

N10 million was also awarded to her for the stress and anxiety she suffered, and to help her undergo treatment.

Although several cases have been brought before the panel, this is the first major move being made to compensate any victim since the panel was set up last year.

 

 

#OccupyLekkiTollGate

Two weeks ago, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, gave a ruling allowing the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Ltd to repossess the toll gate – a decision that has been met with diverse views from Nigerians, many of whom are of the opinion that the toll gate should remain closed in honour of those who lost their lives during last year’s #EndSARS protests.

The toll gate had been one of the major converging points for the protesters in Lagos last year and was also the location for the infamous #LekkiShootings, masterminded by security operatives particularly men of the Nigerian Army.

Meanwhile, one of the prominent youths in the fight against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country, Rinu Oduala, had last week announced her decision to step down from the Judicial Panel.

“I will be stepping down from the Lagos Judicial Panel as it is now obvious that the government is only out to use us for performative actions,” she said in a series of tweets on Friday.

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Rinu and Majekodunmi Temitope had been sworn into the panel on October 27, 2020, to represent the youths in the wake of the nationwide #EndSARS protests.

While thanking the government for the invitation and some of the successes recorded from the panel, she, however, stated that she would not be part of a cover-up.

“What I will not do is be part of a cover-up. I am proud that I took the invitation because some of the successes the panel has recorded so far have been incredibly powerful for the people,” Rinu said.

Her decision followed the decision of the Judicial panel to return control of the Lekki toll gate plaza to the LCC.

Fresh demonstrations with the hashtag, #OccupyLekkiTollGate, emerged last Saturday in protest of the decision.

Adegboruwa, Rinu Absent As Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting

 

After failing to sit on Saturday, the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters commenced its sitting today without two of its members.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebunolu Adegboruwa, who was absent had already hinted last weekend that he was considering his continued participation at the panel.

A youth representative on the panel, Rinuola Oduala, had also tweeted her decision to stop further participation in the panel.

With the absence of the two, seven other members of the panel sat to listen to 10 petitions listed for hearing.

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While granting a further adjournment for the adoption of final addresses in the first petition of Francis Idum VS FSARS, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi warned lawyers to file their documents timeously. She said the panel had very little time left for its assignment and could not afford to be too liberal or magnanimous in granting adjournments when counsel fail to do what is expected of them.

In the second petition, involving late Rasheed Kareem, two witnesses testified on behalf of the family, the brother of the deceased, Olalekan Bankole whose testimony was closely followed by that of Imam Taofeek, who described himself as the best friend of the deceased.

The panel watched a video tendered in evidence by the petitioners of how the late Rasheed was allegedly shot by policemen said to be from the Area C police station in Surulere on October 3, 2020.