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Sanwo-Olu: Those Behind Lekki Shootings Will Account For Their Action

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday said Federal Government and Lagos State Government would ensure that anyone found culpable in last Tuesday’s shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza would be held accountable for their actions.

Speaking during an interview session with a CNN journalist, Becky Anderson’s “Connect the World with Becky Anderson programme” on Monday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the CCTV footage at the Lekki Toll Gate would be available for the State Judicial Panel of Enquiry to review as part of the investigation into the Lekki Toll Gate shootings.

He said: “We will be committed to a full investigation of what happened and people would be held accountable. They certainly would be held accountable. We would do everything possible to ensure that they are held accountable.

“People have claimed that their friends and family members have been killed. So, this Judicial Panel of Enquiry is meant to bring all of these stories to accountability; where we can make restitution, where families can prove and identify officers that were responsible for this.

“I am not the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces; I am Governor of a State. The report would be out and we would channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the state to ensure that every one that is found culpable is accountable for the act.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also debunked the insinuation that international pressure persuaded President Muhammadu Buhari and himself to finally speak out about what protesters demonstrated for so long in Lagos and in Nigeria on the #EndSARS campaign.

He said: “There are no international pressures whatsoever. These are genuine protesters that we all believe and we all have knowledge about. I was the first governor among governors with due respect to all my other colleagues who came out to meet with them, who started from the front. I carried the EndSARS flags with them. I met with them twice and we all had the rally together and worked together.”

The Governor also expressed confidence that there would be a positive change as a result of what has happened in the past couple of days with protests in different parts of Nigeria by the youths.

“I genuinely believe there would be a change for two reasons. One, what has happened, especially in Lagos is extremely unimaginable. Number two is that it was a clarion call for all of us in government, especially understanding and realizing what the youths truly want us to be doing. So, it hit all of us like thunder boat and it was just a wake-up call,” he said.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Nigerian Minister’s Brother In Kano

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Babawuro Tofai, the younger brother of Sabo Nanono, minister of agriculture, has been abducted in Kano.

Gunmen had whisked the victim away from his family house in Gabasawa local government area of the state on Monday morning.

One of the aides of the minister confirmed the abduction, saying the gunmen struck around 10 am on Monday.

Abdullahi Haruna, police public relations officer in Kano, also confirmed the incident, saying the investigation was ongoing.

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Morale Booster: IGP Promotes 16 Slain Police Officers, 82,799 Others

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has approved the promotion of 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks.

The force said the promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants, and 8,431 Constables to Corporal was part of the efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the police for greater efficiency.

About 38 policemen were reportedly killed while many others were injured during the violence that rocked the country.

Those promoted on Monday also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the #EndSARS riots, 16 of whom got a special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the protests were equally elevated.

This was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, titled ‘IGP promotes 82,779 junior officers.’

It read, “The IGP while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling.

“He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some #ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.”

The statement further said the IG also promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of government, and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the police for improved welfare and conditions of service “towards better service delivery to the people.”

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye New LASPOTECH Rector

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A chief lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Nurudeen Olaleye, has emerged as the 11th rector of the institution.

This was contained in a press statement by the Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Lagos State on Monday.

The statement titled ‘ASG appoints new rector for Lagos State Polytechnic’, was signed by the Head of Public Affairs, OSAE, Omolase Yejide.

It read, “Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the Executive Governor of Lagos State has approved the appointment of Dr Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the 11th Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic.

“The appointment was a sequel to interview conducted by the Institution’s Governing Council and its subsequent recommendation is for 5 years single term and takes effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

“Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye prior to his appointment was Chief Lecturer at the Polytechnic.”

The newly appointed rector studied Microbiology at the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he finished with second class, lower division, in 1994. He obtained his Master’s certificate in the same field in UNILAG in 1995.

He attended Loughborough University, United Kingdom, where he bagged his doctoral degree certificate in Public Health Microbiology with areas of specializations including, Water Microbiology, Water Sanitation and Safety, Water Safety Policy, Biotechnology, and Food and Industrial Microbiology.

He worked as quality control manager at Alateco Foods, Limited, Alimosho, Lagos between 1995 and 1999 before joining the service of the polytechnic as lecturer II at its Ikosi campus in 2000.

He became lecturer 1 in 2003 and was promoted to Senior lecturer in 2008. He later became a principal lecturer in 2013 and a chief lecturer in 2017.

Born on February 14, 1971, Olaleye served as the head of both food technology and science laboratory technology departments at various times.

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