#EndSARS Aftermath: Gbajabiamila Visits Sites Of Damaged Properties In Surulere, Lagos

 

 

The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday visited the sites of damaged public and private facilities in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency in Lagos.

The Speaker, whose visit came after the looting spree that took place in Surulere following the reactions to the #EndSARS Lekki tollgate shootings, addressed the residents at Shitta Roundabout, Surulere, visited affected shops and the Bode Thomas Police Station.

In his address to residents and traders who gathered at the Shitta area of Surulere, Gbajabiamila assured his constituents that the former anti-robbery team codenamed SARS has been totally disbanded by the president.

“You have all spoken, and the government heard you loud and clear. While in Abuja where you sent me to represent you, I heard all your complaints. All that happened in Lekki is what we have all seen and it is being investigated, but you see the social media has its good and bad until it’s fully unravelled that we can know the next step to take.”

“On the issue of EndSARS, you should all know that I am there for you as your representative. It’s all you want we are going to do. EndSARS cannot come up again, because there is no more SARS. You see all that happened at Adeniran Ogunsanya and Bode Thomas, I can boast that it was not carried out by children from Surulere, we all know they came from outside Surulere because I know my own people. Surulere shall continue to prosper by the grace of God”, Gbajabiamila said.

The Speaker proceeded from Shitta to Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall where he spoke to many business owners who gave various accounts of how the damages done to their businesses were executed.

According to a business owner at AOS Mall, Mr. Oladimeji Ogunniyi, the looters carried out the ugly exercise despite the darkness in the mall.

“The looting of this mall started precisely 7:45am till 4pm, so what we did was that we advised the security in the mall to off the light so that they will be operating in darkness, thinking there may be restraint.

“You can see blood (stains) still on the ground. Immediately the mall lights were put off, they forced themselves into the glass and they sustained degrees of injuries. All the looting was done in the dark. We have over 100 shops in the mall and none was spared.

“All the items in my shops were taken. This is the only mall that gives indigenous and local entrepreneurs opportunity to operate, except for Shoprite, KFC and few others that are multinationals. In each shop, we have at least three staff,” Ogunniyi said.

A textile shop owner at Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall, Mrs. Fausat Shomade, told the Speaker that she has lost her source of livelihood.

“We don’t have any other thing that we eat except from this shop. This shop is loaded to the full of textile materials. It was only this few that we were able to recover from the police station,” she said tearfully.

The Speaker also visited damaged shops on Bode Thomas, Surulere, and Bode Thomas Police Station where he was received by the Commander of Area C Police Command, Lagos, Tijani Fatai; the Divisional Police Officer of Bode Thomas, Ibrahim Fasesan and the Divisional Police Officer of Surulere, Adebowale Adeoya.

The Speaker sighted recovered items, including Shoprite trolleys at the Bode Thomas Police Station.

Gbajabiamila commended the officers of the Nigerian Police Force for restoring law and order in the area.

Shops, Bank Buildings, ATMs Vandalized In Surulere

 

Vandals on Wednesday night attacked some shops including a branch of a popular mall, Shoprite, located on Adeniran Ogunsanya and Bode Thomas in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

The shops which include phone stores were forced opened and looted by the hoodlums. Banks were not left out as ATMs were destroyed and some of the glass windows at the banks were shattered.

Residents in the area are however appealing for security presence. They claim the miscreants have promised to return and unleash more havoc.

Also, Lekki Circle Mall in Jakande area of Lagos State was on Wednesday night looted by hoodlums who eventually razed some sections of the mall.

See the video below showing shops affected in Surulere:

How Surulere #EndSARS Protest Victim Was Killed – Witness

A file photo of #EndSARS protesters at the Surulere area of Lagos State.

 

An eyewitness has revealed how the victim of the #EndSARS protest in the Surulere area of Lagos State died.

Mr Sam Okafor, who said the victim – Mr Okechukwu Iloamuazor – was his driver, died on Monday after he got hit by a stray bullet.

He stressed that Iloamuazor did not partake in the protest, noting that they were both heading to Ilupeju when they ran into the protesters in Surulere.

“We were stuck in the traffic caused by the protesters who were shouting End SARS. For more than 40 minutes, there was no movement,” Okafor was quoted as saying by Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a condolence visit to the family of the victim on Saturday.

This photo taken on October 17, 2020, shows Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a visit to Mrs Ngozi Iloamuazor, the widow of Mr Okechukwu who was hit by a stray bullet during the #EndSARS protest in Surulere.

 

Iloamuazor’s boss added, “I wound down the windshield for fresh air, while Iloamuazor got down from the car to stretch his body. After stretching, he put his both hands into his pockets and trying to figure out where the traffic started.

“Suddenly we heard gunshot three times. The next thing I saw was Iloamuazor falling from his position. His hands remained in his pockets as he fell. I ran out of the car and screamed for help.

“People came and started performing all sorts of things to save him. The police came to the scene and I told them my driver had been shot on the spot.”

Okafor urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to ensure justice was served in the matter, saying he was yet to be relieved of the shock.

On his part, the governor informed the family of the victim that all the four policemen who opened fire on the protesters in Surulere had been identified by the government and the police authorities.

He stated that the state government would take the officers’ punishment beyond the established disciplinary guidelines of the police.

Iloamuazor, 55, died during the protest that ended bloody when the police attempted to disperse some of the protesters who were moving towards the Anti-Cultism Police Command in Surulere.

A policeman, Inspector Ayodeji Erinfolami, also died in the incident.

#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Visits Widow Of Man Hit By Bullet In Surulere

This photo taken on October 17, 2020, shows Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a visit to Mrs Ngozi Iloamuazor, the widow of Mr Okechukwu who was hit by stray bullet during the #EndSARS protest in Surulere.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has visited Mrs Ngozi Iloamuazor, the widow of Mr Okechukwu who was hit by a stray bullet during the #EndSARS protest in the Surulere area of the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu arrived at the victim’s house at 2pm on Saturday and was received by family members led by their head, Barrister Bede Enewally.

He commiserated with the family over the incident which he described as unfortunate, saying late Iloamuazor should not have died under the circumstance but assured the family that the perpetrators would be brought to book.

“On behalf of the state government and the people of Lagos, I commiserate with the family over this mindless brutality that led to the death of your son,” said the governor.

Trigger-Happy Officers?

He added, “We condemn the endless killing of innocent citizens to the highest level. It is highly disheartening to learn that the victim, Mr Iloamuazor, was performing his legitimate duty when the unfortunate incident happened.

“The officers involved are undergoing orderly room trial as we speak, but we will allow the police complete their investigation.”

 

Fifty-five-year-old Iloamuazor, who was a driver, died on Monday during the protest that ended bloody when the police attempted to disperse some of the protesters who were moving towards the Anti-Cultism Police Command in the area.

A policeman, Inspector Ayodeji Erinfolami, also died in the incident.

All the four policemen who opened fire on the protesters in Surulere had been identified by the government and the police authorities.

A Legitimate Agitation

But Governor Sanwo-Olu insisted that the state government would take the officers’ punishment beyond the established disciplinary guidelines of the police.

“We will certainly take the case out of the police and bring the full wrath of the law on the officers who perpetrated this irresponsible act. This will be a clear signal for other trigger-happy officers,” he assured Iloamuazor’s family.

He added, “Mr Iloamuazor’s death is a sad loss not only for the family but to the entire citizenry that has clamoured for an end to police brutality.

“I assure you that his death won’t be in vain and the case will not be swept under the carpet. This is going to be the beginning of a real change that people want to see in law enforcement.”

The governor reiterated that his administration remained on the side of those calling for a change in policing method.

He stressed that all those maimed or killed in Lagos in the course of the demonstration would be duly compensated, stating that the state government would honour their sacrifices by pushing for reforms that would bring about a policing system that would uphold the rights of citizens.

“As a government, we have stood on the side of the protesters and we totally believe their agitation is legitimate.

“We need total reform in the policing system, and it is a clarion call on all of us, who are exercising powers on behalf of the citizens,” he said.

Youths Continue #EndSARS Protest In Surulere, Use Dogs As Guards

A combination of photos from the scenes of the protest in Surulere on October 17, 2020. Photos: Twitter – @naijabased and @UncleMaazi.

 

Youths in the Surulere area of Lagos have continued the #ENDSARS protest as demonstration held across the state.

The protest which held on Saturday witnessed a new twist as demonstrators embark on the march with dogs as guards.

This is apparently in a bid to keep away thugs and other interested parties from disrupting the demonstration, as witnessed in some parts of Lagos.

Notable among the protesters were some middle-aged women and physically challenged persons who also came out in a bid to make their voices heard.

Just like their counterparts in other parts of the state, they are calling for an end to police brutality in the country.

The protesters also stressed the need to reform the police, adding that there was no going back on holding the government accountable for the actions of its officials.

This comes five days after some police officers in Surulere shot at a crowd of protesters who were peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights.

The action of the security officials led to the death of a man who was hit by a bullet while a few others were left injured.

In his reaction, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu condemned the incident, saying the orderly room trial of the police officers began on Friday.

He had also revealed the identities of the policemen as Inspector Bagou Michael, Inspector Ekpoudom Etop, Sergeant Nnamdi Majura, and Sergeant Akinyemi Benson.

Some of the highlights of Saturday’s protest are captured in the photo and video tweets below:

#EndSARS: Trial Of Policemen Who Shot At Surulere Protesters Has Begun, Says Sanwo-Olu

A file photo of #EndSARS protesters at the Surulere area of Lagos State.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given an update on the incident that led to the death of an #EndSARS protester in the Surulere area of the state.

He made the disclosure on Saturday via his Twitter handle, days after some police officers fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in the Area C Police Command of Lagos.

“Yesterday (Friday), the orderly room trial of the police officers involved in the Surulere incident began,” the governor.

Channels Television had reported that the victim was hit by a bullet while others sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the action of the security personnel.

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A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, carrying a placard to demand #EndPoliceBrutality.

 

Reacting to the candlelight vigil held in honour of the victims of SARS and those who lost their lives to police brutality, Governor Sanwo-Olu described the procession as “powerful”.

He said, “I have seen powerful images and videos of the #CandleForSARSVictims vigils held across the country. It calls for very sober reflections.”

“Some of the victims (of the Surulere incident) attended and will testify before the panel next week. Justice will be served. Thank you to the team actively following up and helping victims.

“There is so much more to be done and I will keep sharing the actions we are taking in line with my announcements,” the governor added.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had condemned the action of the police officers involved in the Surulere incident while giving a live address on Thursday at the State House in Marina.

According to him, the state government will continue to respect the rights of the citizens to demonstrate peacefully.

The governor had hinted that all the four erring police officers had been identified and the government was monitoring their trial.

The policemen were identified as Inspector Bagou Michael, Inspector Ekpoudom Etop, Sergeant Nnamdi Majura, and Sergeant Akinyemi Benson.

Read the updates tweeted by the governor on Saturday below:

‘Mentally Deranged’ Suspect Sets Man Ablaze In Surulere

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A man said to be mentally deranged has set ablaze another man in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

The incident occurred on Wednesday last week while the police have identified the suspect who committed the crime as Badejo Adewale.

According to a statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, Adewale poured petrol on the victim after which he ignited it.

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“On 09/01/2020 at about 0708hrs, one Adeola Kadara ‘f’ of No 13 Aiyeleto Street Surulere reported at Surulere Police Station that she received an information that on 08/01/2020, her brother, one Bolatito Farook Kadara ‘m’ was set ablaze at Hogan Bassey Street Surulere and was taken to Lagos Island General hospital,” the statement read.

Elkana disclosed that following the complaint, police detectives visited the scene and proceeded to the hospital where the victim was seen recuperating.

The victim, according to him, made a statement to the police and narrated how he was set on fire by the suspect.

The police command’s spokesman added that investigation was extended to the psychiatric hospital in Yaba where the suspect was admitted.

He said efforts made to interview him proved abortive as he could not utter a word, although the police were investigating the incident.

Five Rescued As Building Collapses In Lagos

The scene of the building collapse in Lagos.

 

At least five persons have been rescued from the scene of a building collapse in Surulere area of Lagos State.

The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Femi Osanyintolu told Channels Television that the incident occurred on Thursday evening on Rufai street, off Makinde street, in Ojuelegba.

 

He said LASEMA has activated the Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building.

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Osanyitolu also asked residents within the vicinity of the collapsed structure to stay calm and allow emergency responders do their job.

Fire Guts Commercial Bus In Lagos

Fire Guts Commercial Bus In LagosIt was a sad day in Lagos, as an 18-seater yellow bus heading towards Ojuelegba area of the state was engulfed by fire.

The incident occurred on Monday, April 17, at the Alaka Bridge, very close to the National Stadium in Surulere.

It is not clear exactly how many people were on the bus, but witnesses said there were passengers who could not be rescued due to the intensity of the fire.

Channels Television also gathered that the wounded victims have been taken to an undisclosed hospital.

In another accident in the Gbagada area of Lagos, two persons lost their lives in an auto crash which involved a commercial bus and a taxi.

A statement by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the bodies have been moved to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary.

The agency added that emergency responders also rescued 14 other persons who sustained various degrees of injuries.

Marine Police Recover Allwell Orji’s Body From Lagos Lagoon

marine-policeThe body of Dr. Allwell Orji, who jumped off the third mainland bridge into the Lagos lagoon on Sunday, March 19, has now been recovered.

The body was discovered at about 4:00 pm on Wednesday, around the CMS area of the lagoon by officers of the Lagos State Police marine.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said members of the late doctor’s family have identified the body.

“Just to be sure, we have called the driver, who was with him when the incident happened, and of course his younger brother who had been with us (Austin Orji) and they have positively identified the body to be that of Dr. Allwell.

“As the practice is, we will continue with our investigation to do all the other necessary things before the body can be released to the family.

“The thing happened towards the Adekunle area but as usual with tidal waves, the body was moved almost about seven kilometers from the main spot.”

He, however, stated that as soon as autopsy and other examinations are concluded, the body would be sent to the family.

Mr Owoseni had on Tuesday, claimed that Dr. Orji’s body was found by the Marine Police, at the Onikan end of the lagoon.

The Police later said that they were unsure of the identity of the body recovered.

Dr. Orji worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Reports from the Police authorities said he had asked his driver to stop the vehicle, he alighted, and then suddenly took the plunge into the lagoon.

Ambode: We Are Set To Take Over National Stadium Lagos

national-stadiumLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has indicated his government’s readiness to take over the management of the National Stadium in Surulere.

Mr Ambode made this known in Lagos on Wednesday during an inspection tour of the facility, in company of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung.

The governor said his decision was necessitated by the dilapidated state of the 38,000 capacity stadium which used to be a cynosure of all eyes, stressing the need to give hope to the teeming sporting youth in Nigeria.

National-Stadium-Lagos

Mr Dalung also registered his displeasure over the condition of the facility, attributing it to poor management.

He called on the Lagos State government to ensure that persons of credibility and integrity were appointed for the management of the stadium when completed, so as to make it a pride of glory in the sporting world.

The minister further challenged the government to ensure that the renovation was completed in six months, just in time to host the country’s national teams.

The National Stadium, Lagos has been left to dilapidate since 2002 and is no longer a beehive of activities as it was in the past.

Disturbed by the condition of the facility, the Lagos State government is set to expedite actions that will ensure the stadium regains its lost glory in no distant time.

Electricity Tariff Suit: Court To Rule May 31

Electricity The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed May 31 to rule on the preliminary objections filed by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation.

They are all listed as defendants in a suit filed by some aggrieved residents of Itire, Ijesa and Ikate communities in Surulere area of Lagos State.

The resident staged a peaceful protest in court on Monday to condemn the high electricity tariffs which they say does not match supply.

Justice Saliu Saidu has listened to the objections of the defendants who have challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, however, said that the Federal Government needs to review the privatization process.