Sanwo-Olu Signs Administration Of Criminal Justice Amendment Bill Into Law

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signing a bill

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday signed the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill into law.

It was first passed in Lagos State in 2007 and amended in 2011 to ensure the fundamental rights of suspects and persons that come into contact with the justice system, as enshrined in the constitution are protected.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s assent to the bill is in a bid to further strengthen the justice system, promote the rights of victims and suspects, as well as address the issue of delay in the administration of criminal justice in Lagos State.

However, key innovative provisions have been introduced as amendments to the Law.

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The provisions include conducting criminal proceedings through audio and video conferencing platform, powers of Chief Magistrate to visit Police Stations, prohibition of media parade of suspects, compensation to victims of crime, protective measures for victims and witnesses, as well as the establishment of a Crime Data Register and the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee to monitor the implementation of this Law.

The bill also reinforces the commitment of Governor Sanwo-Olu to the promotion of law and order, protection of rights of citizens, decongestion of correctional facilities, and ensuring a crime-free society in Lagos State.

The Ministry of Justice through a collaborative effort with stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice will ensure the provisions of this law are enforced.

We Have No Reason To Lose Hope, Sanwo-Olu Tells Nigerians

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has asked Nigerians not to lose hope in the country despite the challenges the nation has been confronted with.

The governor stated this on Friday during Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary celebration held at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

He believes that although the challenges confronting Nigeria in the last 61 years are daunting, they are certainly not insurmountable.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, therefore, urged Nigerians to unite with renewed determination and commitment to move the country forward against all odds.

“As we celebrate today, we do so mindfully of the various challenges confronting us as a nation and as a State. But we are equally mindful of the various vistas of progress that have opened up, and which continue to give us hope that we can achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.

“Even in the face of the many challenges confronting us as a people and as a nation, my message to every Nigerian at this time is that we have no reason to lose hope. There is enough evidence around us of the fact that while we are not yet where we would like to be as a country and as a people, we are also no longer where we used to be,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

He added that “…more than ever before, it is time for all of us to close ranks, and view our differences not as a stumbling block but instead as an energising force, and unite with renewed determination and commitment to move this country forward against all odds.

“The challenges we have been confronted with at any time within the last 61 years have been and are no doubt daunting, but certainly not insurmountable. A new mindset is required to overcome them; a conviction that it is possible, and that our strength truly lies in our diversity.

“I am proud to affirm that Lagos State provides a perfect example within the Nigerian Nation, of the level of greatness a people of diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds can attain if they resolve to live together in peace and harmony.”

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Speaking on the recent security situation in Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured Lagosians that nothing is more important to his administration than ensuring the security of lives and property across the metropolis, noting that security of lives and property is a vital foundation and pre-condition for investment and economic development.

The Governor said no stone is being left unturned to ensure that culprits of criminal activities are brought to justice.

He said: “The Lagos Smart City initiative, which involves the deployment of internet-enabled security cameras across the metropolis, will significantly aid our law enforcement agents in the prevention and detection of criminal activity. Our goal is to use modern technology and tools to make Lagos inhospitable to robbers, kidnappers, cultists, bandits and all other criminals.

“The various elements of our security architecture in Lagos State are being reviewed and strengthened, and I have received concrete assurances from the leadership of the State Police Command and all other security agencies, that they are determined more than ever to stay on top of the situation, and restore full confidence to our people.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also assured Lagosians that his administration would not relent in its determination to create an ever-increasing opportunity for economic growth and prosperity for all the people of Lagos State, including the youth.

He said the State Government is fully committed to the success of the young people. “The Lagos State Government will continue to enable your success, as young people. You are the greatest asset that God has blessed this great country of ours with.

“We are scaling up the various youth-targeted initiatives of the Lagos State Government: financing small, medium and large-scale businesses, supporting agriculture, investing in start-ups and technological innovation, building skills and capacity across various sectors, and creating the right environment for private enterprise to thrive,” he said.

The Governor also called on all Lagosians to continue to support the incumbent administration as it strives to “actualise the greater Lagos of our dream, a 21st-century economy in which all citizens have equal opportunity to realise their full potential”.

UPDATED: Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

A file photo taken on September 10, 2021, shows Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signing the VAT bill into law.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed the bill prohibiting open grazing in Lagos into law.

This comes barely a week after the governor assented to the State Value Added Tax Bill, empowering the state to collect VAT.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s assent to the bill also comes after some governors in the South, including Ogun, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers signed the same law prohibiting open grazing.

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the two bills on September 9 following unanimous votes by the lawmakers after they were read for the third time.

While open grazing has been prohibited in some states in the South, other states in the region are making effort to ensure the bill becomes a law.

This is in line with the resolution of the Nigerian Southern Governors Forum that member-states should enact or amend the anti-open grazing laws to align with the uniform template and aspiration of the governors.

In their latest meeting held on Thursday last week in Enugu, the governors reviewed the state of the nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in previous sittings.

They commended the rate at which the states in the South were enacting the anti-open grazing laws and encouraged those yet to enact it to do so expeditiously.

The governors had also encouraged the full operationalisation of already agreed regional security outfits – that would meet, share intelligence and collaborate – to ensure the security of the region.

But the position of the governors has been criticised by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who said it was unconstitutional.

“It is about constitutionality within the context of the freedoms expressed in our Constitution; can you deny the rights of a Nigerian?” Malami queried during an interview on Channels Television‘s Politics Today in May.

“For example, it is as good as saying, perhaps, maybe, the northern governors coming together to say they prohibit spare parts trading in the North.

“Does it hold water? Does it hold water for a northern governor to come and state expressly that he now prohibits spare parts trading in the North?”

I Won’t Interfere In LASU VC Appointment Process – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, briefs reporters on August 2, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he would not interfere in the appointment process of the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the state-owned Lagos State University (LASU).

The Governor said he is not interested in who becomes LASU’s next Vice-Chancellor, maintaining that due process would be followed in the appointment.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said this while receiving members of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday.

“The process for the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) is ongoing and I can assure you that all the laws and due process that would lead to the appointment of the VC would be fully adhered to.

“I have no intention to interfere or have any interest in the choice of who would be vice-chancellor. We have put in the committeemen and women of impeccable character that have distinguished themselves and are willing to do for us a good job,” he told the visitors led by CVCNU chairman, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo.

The governor who promised adequate and continuous funding for state-owned tertiary institutions in Lagos State, said plans were in top gear to establish two more universities of technology and education in the State.

He also promised to assist the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to get back the title documents of its property situated at Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island in Lagos, saying the property would be released to the Committee at no cost.

According to him, the Lagos State Government will support the Committee on its forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration next year.

Speaking earlier, Prof. Edoumiekumo commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for rising to the occasion when the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the state and for delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State in different sectors.

He said the ongoing metro rail system and the proposed 38 kilometres long Fourth Mainland bridge project – which according to him is one of the single most significant infrastructure projects undertaken by a state government in Nigeria –  are testimonies of a thoroughly focused government.

The Chairman of CVCNU said Governor Sanwo-Olu’s support as the Visitor to the Lagos State University is commendable and called for the Lagos State Government’s support for the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

“As Nigeria’s economic and social powerhouse, Lagos is arguably a mini-Nigeria and leader in its federation of states. Lagos sets the agenda and leads other states to emulate in economic development, innovation, good governance and education,” he added.

Prof. Edoumiekumo said the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities is desirous of working with key stakeholders to improve the country’s university system and therefore seeks for mutually rewarding partnership with Lagos State Government and the people in that regard.

Sanwo-Olu Raises Alarm Over COVID-19 Third Wave, Reactivates Restrictions

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

 

Lagos State Government has raised the alarm of a possible third wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, following a sharp increase in the number of positive cases recorded in the last few weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, imposed restrictions and sanctions after disclosing that the State’s daily cases of COVID-19 confirmation had shot up to 6.6 per cent over a period of one week.

The development may not be unconnected to the careless attitude of air passengers from countries in the “high risk” zones and the complacency by the residents to follow the protective protocols issued by the Government after the end of the second wave.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 18 percent of 50,322 air passengers of interest, who arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), could not be reached for COVID-19 status monitoring by EKOTELEMED because they supplied wrong contact details.

Going forward, the Governor ordered sanctioning of in-bound air passengers that failed to provide verifiable contact details, including accessible phone numbers they can be reached for monitoring.

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Sanwo-Olu said air passengers would face prosecution, including fines and imprisonment in line with the Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021.

The Governor said: “In spite of our hard work and dedicated efforts towards sustaining the return to normalcy, over the last three months, after the flattened the curve of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, we are now finding ourselves at what appears to be the start of a potential third wave of the pandemic in Lagos State. From the beginning of July, we started to experience a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases.

“The rapid increase within a week gives great cause for concern. Also, within the last two weeks, the occupancy rate at our isolation centres increased to an average of six per cent. This is the disturbing reality that now confronts us. As directed by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), passengers from red-listed countries (India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey) are required to observe mandatory isolation.

“We have successfully isolated 2,386 passengers in Lagos. Of this number, 15 per cent have absconded. Sanctions are being recommended and have already been meted out to defaulters. Revocation of Permanent Residency and deportation are being meted out to foreign nationals defaulting the protocols. For Nigerians, there will be prosecution to the full extent of the Lagos State COVID-19 Law of 2021.”

The situation at hand, Sanwo-Olu said, required reactivation of full compliance with all protective protocols already outlined by the State Government.

The Governor said there should be compulsory use of masks in all public places, while also directing social distancing, compulsory temperature checks, provisions for hand-washing and sanitizers, and maximum of 50 per cent occupancy in enclosed spaces.

Sanwo-Olu urged worship centres to be particularly vigilant, advising them not to be carried away by the illusion that all activities were back to normal.

He said: “It is understandable that many are tired and want their old, pre-pandemic lives to return. Unfortunately, we do not have a choice in this regard, and fatigue is not an option. We cannot afford to be tired, frustrated or distracted. Without the cooperation of the public at large, we stand the risks of losing both lives and livelihood, on a devastating scale.

“The enemy (COVID-19) is formidable and opportunistic. The pandemic will only go as far as we allow it. Having triumphed over the first and second waves, we must now find within ourselves new reserves of energy to quell this emerging third wave before it snowballs out of control.”

The Governor decried the low vaccination rate in the State, pointing out that only a fraction of the populace received the recommended doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine being rolled out to achieve herd immunity.

This, he said, is not adequate, adding that the State Government was exploring all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccine to reach the immunity target of 60 per cent coverage.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos would continue to work with all partners across the Government and private institutions to ensure permanent isolation of the virus.

Ibeju Lekki-Epe Highway Project Will Be Delivered By First Quarter Of 2022, Says Sanwo-Olu

Special Adviser to Lagos Governor on Works & Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and representative of the contractor, Craneburg construction during an inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the 18.7 kilometres six-lane Ibeju Lekki-Epe highway project will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.

Sanwo-Olu was excited by the pace of work on the road, persuading the contractor handling the project to increase its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.

The Governor flagged off the first phase of the expansion on the Lekki-Epe Expressway last November, kick-starting the rehabilitation of the 40-year-old infrastructure. The second phase of the project, which will start later this year, stretches 26.7Km from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in Eti-Osa axis.

Ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway (Eleko Junction to Epe T-Junction) inspected by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the State Executive Council on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 

At the time of the Governor’s inspection, the contractor had completed a stretch of 3km on the lane from Eleko Junction inward Epe, while the right-of-way for the entire project has been fully cleared.

After communicating the work progress to the Governor, representatives of the contractor led Sanwo-Olu and cabinet members on legwork for assessment of features on the completed stretch, including drainage channels, kerb and segregated lane for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Governor was optimistic the project would be delivered on record time, charging the contractor to scale up the pace of work.

Ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway (Eleko Junction to Epe T-Junction) inspected by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the State Executive Council on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 

He said: “This exercise is an on-the-spot assessment to view the status of the 18.7Km six-lane rigid pavement road construction we are doing from Eleko Junction to Epe. The contractor has been active on-site in the last six months, and they have touched every part of the entire stretch. We are currently assessing the project from the 3km lane already completed. On either side are three lanes.

Two lanes are for cars, while the last lane is for heavy-duty vehicles. There will be a 1.5km pedestrian walkway on both sides.

“We are happy with the progress of the project because the contractor works day and night. I believe the work is on track. Residents on this corridor are also happy with the level of work done. They are waiting on us to hand over this important infrastructure to them in earnest.

“The beauty of the work is that it has reduced the journey time, even as the road is still being constructed. There is no hindrance on the road; motorists have the right-of-way for free movement.

Not until when we finish the entire construction, we would have the full benefit of this investment. We are happy with what we have seen and we believe that the contractor should be rounding off the work by the end of this year or first quarter next year.”

Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Wahid Oshodi On Election As ATTF Deputy President

File Photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated former Lagos State Commissioner for Sports and Ex-President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) Wahid Enitan Oshodi on his election as Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF).

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, to facilitate with Oshodi, said the elevation of the ex-President of NTTF to continental level is well deserved.

Oshodi was unanimously elected as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) at the recent virtual General Assembly of the continental body.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his message said Oshodi deserves the continental position, having contributed immensely to the growth and development of sports, especially the tennis federation at national and international levels.

Sanwo-Olu also congratulated Egypt’s Khaled El-Salhy on his re-election for a third term in office as the President of ATTF, as well as other new officers of the Federation.

He said: “On behalf of the Lagos State Government and millions of Lagosians, I felicitate with a worthy citizen of our dear State, Wahid Enitan Oshodi on his election as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation.

“The elevation of Oshodi to the position of Deputy President of ATTF is good news to us in Lagos. He really deserves the elevation, having distinguished himself in the sports industry, especially at the Tennis Federation with a high level of professionalism and integrity.

“We are proud of him and we believe that he will use his new position to lift the fortune of table tennis and raise the bar of the sport in Africa to compete with the rest of the world.

PHOTOS: IGP Visits Governor Sanwo-Olu In Lagos

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the IGP’s visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Marina,

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman on Wednesday visited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The IGP during his visit at the Lagos House, Marina, was presented with a plaque from the state governor.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman receiving a plaque from Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during his visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Marina,

 

He was received by Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu; Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun), AIG Johnson Kokumo.

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.

We’ll Create Safe, Secure Economy For Foreign Partners, Says Sanwo-Olu

File  Photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said the State Government will partner with the Czech Republic on technology, agriculture, transportation, health and business opportunities that will lead to growth and development of the State.

He said Lagos State Government will create an economy where foreign partners will feel safe and secure with their investment and also enjoy the ease of doing their businesses in the State.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Nigeria, Mr. Marek Skolil, and the Deputy Head of Mission, Mrs. Hana Trousilova, at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Wednesday, Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke about his administration’s achievements in line with the THEMES developmental plans, especially in health, transportation, and agriculture.

He said: “We want to create an economy where foreign partners will not only feel safe and secure in Lagos but will also enjoy the ease of doing their business. Whatever we need to do to make your business safe and secure, we will do it. If you also want us to help you reach out to other neighbouring states in terms of the partnership, we will do it.

“We are open for business and we are open to more engagements from your side. Lagos and the Czech Republic will look at areas of businesses we can carry out together as sub-national. The market is here and Lagos is open for business.”

Speaking earlier, Mr. Skolil said he came to Lagos with his delegation to discuss business opportunities with the business community in the State and make plans to replace his country’s Embassy, which used to be in Lagos.

He said Czechoslovakia has a good relationship with Nigeria and they enjoy cooperation with the country in the areas of science and development, technology, agriculture mechanisation, energy, and security.

The Czech Republic Ambassador to Nigeria had the Chairman of Access Bank Plc, Mrs. Ajoritsedere Awosika, in his delegation to discuss partnership and business opportunities between Lagos State and the Czech Republic.

Sanwo-Olu Sympathises With Pastor Enoch Adeboye Over Son’s Death

Late Pastor Dare Adeboye.

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye, on the death of their beloved son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.

Pastor Dare Adeboye, an Assistant Pastor in charge of Youth in Region 35 of RCCG and third surviving child of the renowned cleric, died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. He was 42-year-old.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, expressed his heartfelt sympathies, urging the deceased family, friends, associates, and entire members of RCCG to take the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye in good faith.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said: “no doubt the death of a loved one is usually painful as it is irreparable but we must always take solace in God especially if the deceased had lived a good life, just like the late pastor Dare Adeboye.”

He said “The pastoral and wise counsel of Pastor D as he was fondly called will be sorely missed by his family and the entire members of RCCG, especially in Eket, Akwa Ibom, where he played active roles as a cleric before he passed on.

“I sympathize with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, his wife, siblings, and widow of the deceased and the entire members of RCCG. I pray that God will grant the late Pastor Dare Adeboye eternal rest and grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Uphold The Legacy Of Late Odumakin, Sanwo-Olu Tells Politicians

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu .

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has asked politicians and members of the Civil Society Organisations, to uphold the legacy and struggle of the late Yinka Odumakin, former National Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere.

The governor stated this on Thursday while speaking at the lying-in-state, day of tributes and service of songs as parts of the funeral rites for the late human rights activist, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged ‘comrades of like minds’ not to abruptly end what Yinka Odumakin believed, stood and worked for during his lifetime.

The Governor also charged them to keep working hard for a Nigeria that will be a land of justice, fairness, and where equity would become the watchword and reflect true federalism.

He said: “Yinka was one-half of the most formidable couple that we have seen in our history and the other half is his beloved wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who now sadly has to continue this struggle without her husband, fellow comrade and big friend that I know he is to her. My sister, you will continue to push on strongly in the trenches.

Governor Sanwo-Olu speaks with the wife of late Yinka Odumakin, Joe

 

“We are passionate about what he believed in and what he stood for. He wanted the best for Nigeria. He wanted the best for his Yoruba nation but he was completely detribalised and he used his voice to advance the cause and the needs of the voiceless. Until the very end, he kept going.

“He kept speaking up, he kept working hard for a Nigeria that we all can be truly proud of.

A Nigeria that will be land of justice, a Nigeria that will be fair, a Nigeria where equity would become the watchword, and a Nigeria that will truly reflect true modern federalism.

But the Almighty God who we cannot query did not allow Yinka to finish. As some people have said, he was a fighter who fell in his prime.

“At a time like this, we are all short of words but we will continue to hold on to the legacy and what he believed and lived for. All comrades of like minds should ensure that they don’t abruptly end what Yinka Odumakin stood for, what he believed in, and what he had worked for. That is a charge for each and every one of us.”

Speaking at the event, Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who shed tears uncontrollably while paying tributes to his organisation’s spokesman said ĺOdumakin is an irreplaceable material.

Adebanjo, who broke the barrier of culture to attend the funeral rites, urged human rights activists to continue in the spirit of Yinka Odumakin, by being courageous and fearless if they truly love the deceased.

“I am not God, I am a human being. There is nothing impossible for God to do but as a human being, I will say it will be difficult to replace Yinka. Where can we find a young man of his age, not materialistic pursuing a cause he believes in selflessly, courageously, relentlessly, and consistently? Yinka, God knows you are a blessing to Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking in tears, Adebanjo said: “It is not easy to talk about Yinka. Yinka is an irreplaceable material. Why should I be here? You can’t question him, leaving a man of 93 to take a man of 55-years. God, you are omnipotent, please replace him quickly for us.”

Also speaking, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said he left the Green chamber where he was presiding to pay last respect to the late Odumakin, who he described as “a man of courage, integrity, true democrat and a man who stood for truth and nothing else”

The Speaker, therefore, charged Nigerians to make a positive impact during their lifetime by rendering service to humanity so that they can be remembered after their demise.

The widow of the late Afenifere spokesman, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who described her husband as an “encyclopedia of positive activism” said the tributes by Nigerians will continue to embolden her to do more by continuing what her husband fought and stood for.

“One thing that will never make me break down is that his ideals will live forever; his legacy will remain. All that he has lived for remains. Yinka, you are not dead; you are alive, you will continue to live in our unconsciousness. And to live in the unconsciousness of the people is to live forever. Yinka Odumakin, my comrade lives on,” she said.

The lying-in-state, day of tributes and service of songs was attended by Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Chief of Staff to Governor Sanwo-Olu; former governors –Mr. Peter Obi (Anambra), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), and Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), ex-Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; Pastor Ituah Ighadalo of Trinity House Church, Afenifere chieftains, politicians and human rights activists among others.