…Caution Ambode over illegal Arrest of Lagossians
A Lagos-based group, Save Lagos Group (SLG) has hailed the Judicial arm of government over the landmark Judgment delivered by Justice Abdulfatai Lawal of the State High Court division sitting in Igbosere on the issue of controversial appointment of illegal caretaker committees to man the local council areas of the state, instead of democratically elected officials as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The group also warned Governor Akinwumi Ambode against illegal and unlawful arrest of the market men and women that were going about their lawful business in the areas like Oshodi, Mile 12, Ojota, Berger, Mile 2, and host of other places across the state.
It also alleged that the officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency(LASTMA) and Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) had cultivated the habit of arresting any relation of those arrested that came for their release/bail by extorting more money from them illegally.
It stated that the state government action with its agencies were contrary to the protection of citizens rights as being entrenched in the Chapter (1V) of the amended 1999 Constitution and Section 98,99,& 494 of the criminal code Cap “C38” with cases and materials, extracts: ICPC ,Money Laundering Act 2010 ,Laws of the Federation,2010 & also Section 172,209 and Fifth schedule, part (1), section 6 & 8 of the 1999 “FRN” Constitution as amended.
It described the government action as illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional, unwarranted, ungodly, evil, barbaric and satanic, insisted the group has concluded arrangement to fight against any anti-masses policies of the present administration in the state and they would allow any government to return the any part of the country into despotic dark days of military era.
The group, while reacting to the landmark judgment through its Convener, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman in a signed Statement, which a copy was made available to newsmen in Lagos yesterday, he commended Justice Lawal for summon uncommon courage to deliver a landmark judgment that affected the local government administration in Nigeria.