By Ademola Orunbon
Human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has faulted the purported discovery of a video camera recorder by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), at the Lekki toll plaza.
In a statement titled “‘Usurpation of powers of the panel of inquiry on SARS abuses,” he said since the state government had established an independent panel of inquiry to investigate what transpired at the tollgate, the panel should be allowed to do its work.
It would be recalled that Fashola, while conducting a tour of the toll plaza alongside governors and ministers from the South-West, ‘discovered’ a camera at the toll plaza five days after the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by soldiers.
But the human rights activist said that since the panel has been vested with jurisdiction over the Lekki toll plaza, it was illegal for anyone else to conduct any visit to the said Lekki toll plaza in the absence of and without the authority and consent of the panel.
“It was reported that in the course of the visit, the former governor of Lagos State and the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), discovered a hidden camera, which he took. This is a clear case of illegally tampering with exhibits that may become useful to the panel in the course of its assignment.
“I appeal to the Governor of Lagos State to allow the panel the full autonomy and independence that was promised at the time of inauguration. It is contempt of the panel for anyone to usurp the powers of the panel in the way that has been reported,” he said.