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Lagos Assembly wants Sanwo-Olu to remove all slave-trade reminders across the state

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 The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture to liaise with the Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice to look at the listed sites (Prevention) Law, 2015 with a view to removing all vestiges of slave trade and colonialism superiority.

This Motion was moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams representing Eti-Osa constituency 01 at the plenary on Tuesday 30th June, 2020.

In the Motion, the lawmaker recalled the gruesome killing of George Floyd, who was killed on Monday 25th May, 2020 at Minneapolis, Minnesota United States of America by a white man named Derek Chauvin.

“The Assembly further noted that this brutal and callous murder of Floyd triggered worldwide condemnations, demonstration, and protest against the continued police violence and racism of blacks in US and Europe without provocation.

“The House is aware that these protests further drew attention to the reality of systematic racism, oppression and domination of blacks by whites in spite of abolition of vexatious slave trade and related activities since the 18th century.

“This House is further aware that the demonstration brought about the pulling down of status of Edward Colston notable slave trade into a river in Bristol, London, while the British authorities removed from her museum status of another prominent slave master and promised a review of history pertaining to slave trade monument and sites,” he said.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the intendment of the Motion was not about history,  and that history could not be changed. The rt hon speaker Mudashiru Obasa called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to come up with an executive order that will change the names of these foreign monument due to some lasting impact it create in the mind of Nigerians, also it will give our children a better learning of being superior, instead of looking at themselves as inferior.

Obasa added that statues are not our history, and that Africans should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks.

He added that the kind of treatments meted to George Floyd must be stopped and that we should support those who protest against such an act.

“South Africa got independence much later after the rest African countries and they are not talking about black lives matter campaign.

“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. So many statues in London and other places are being brought down. We should change the names of some of these buildings. We cannot bring down the buildings because they were once used by colonial masters.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets. Some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people. What do the names say to your minds.

“We need to change the names, but it does not affect our history. We should look at the history,” he said.

The Speaker further asked why the discovery of River Niger was being ascribed to foreigners, adding that the name Nigeria was said to have been given by the colonial masters.

“It is what you believe that says who and what you are. It is about what you believe and what you can do on your own.

“You need to exhibit your own beliefs and culture. Most times, we speak like foreigners and some of our children cannot speak our mother tongues.

“We are saying that our own language is inferior to their own language. We should let our children know that we are superior.

“The motion is about us, about Africans. We have to tell the world about our own civilization. The resolve is not broad enough. It is not about Lagos State alone. We have to tell African Union about reparation started by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola

“Those who dehumanized Africans should not be celebrated. Our people who were used negatively by the colonial masters should apologize to our people,” he said.

In his submission, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02, who supported the motion said that history that makes the black to feel superior should be changed.

“This is a right step in a right direction and we need to change our psyche and history that will not make to feel as human being. We need to change the narrative that connotes superiority in our history. I want my colleagues to support the motion,” he said.

However, Hon Setonji David (Badagry 2) said, “I want to support the motion to some extent but we need to check ourselves especially the black man. We need to look at the way we treat ourselves. Do we really value ourselves? Why do we have to scratch the surface?”

He therefore stated that there was no need to remove the vestiges, “We should fight for a better government to value of people. Removal of vestiges does not address the main issue.”

Also toeing the same thought, Hon Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) said, “What we are witnessing today is because of lack of justice. When there is no justice, there can’t be peace. I have not seen anything changing the monuments but what we have in our brains.

“Neo-colonialism is worse than colonialism, we should wage war against our own minds. History is there, we can’t erase it,” he submitted.

Hon Olayiwola Sobour (Mushin 1) also emphasized on the need for racial discrimination, urging the Nollywood industry to focus on promoting our culture instead of using western ideology in place of our culture”.

Noheem on Tuesday moved the motion based on the protest across the world over the George Floyd by some white police in USA, he spoke on the international protest across all the state, which has cause revolution toward the manhandling and maltreatment of blacks in different foreign countries

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Court shutdown: JUSUN storms Federal High Court, Lagos, evicts workers

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Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) members enforcing its indefinite nationwide strike which began today, have evicted court staff from the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The unionists arrived on the court premises before 9am and directed their colleagues who were in courtrooms and in their offices to comply with the industrial action, pack up and leave.

They sealed some of the offices and pasted notices indicating the commencement of the court shutdown.

 

The JUSUN national leadership had in an April 1 circular, ordered the closure of courts across the country as from today, until the government complies with the Constitution, court judgments and other instruments which confer or re-emphasise the financial autonomy of the Judiucary.

The circular signed by its General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.

The union stated that it had at its last National Executive Meeting on March 13, 2021 in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary with a threat that “failure of which JUSUN will have no other option but to resume the suspended national strike action.”

“Therefore, as a result of the public holiday on April 5, 2021, the strike action has been postponed to Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Yesterday (Monday), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Olumide Akpata said it had opened talks with JUSUN on shelving the strike in the public interest.

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“There is no land available in South West for cattle rearing” -Yoruba leaders

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Aare-Ona kankanfo, Iba Gani Adams and other leaders in Yoruba nation have inistsed that no land in the region will be ceded for any ranching programme of the Federal Government saying they are fed up with criminal herders as a result of terror unleashed on their people.

The decision was taken at the end of a meeting to discuss security and economy of the region which held at the ancient Mapo Hall, Ibadan, yesterday. This is despite that five out of the six South-West governors failed to attend the meeting. Only Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state attended in person.

Other decisions taken at the meeting was the adoption of Yoruba national anthem which has already been in use in Osun and Ondo state. The leaders called on the other states in the region to adopt the anthem.

Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Eleders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide while reading the communique, said: “Our forests are sacred, untouchable, irreversibly a no-go area to terrorists and the Yoruba will not cede one inch of our forests to anyone under any guise.

“That the Yoruba nation notes with dismay general state of insecurity in the country and the ancestral space of Yoruba nation, especially, a situation that has compelled a rigorous interrogation of our situation.

“That the Yoruba nation is currently living in a time of bad metaphors due to the almost irreversible abyss due to cases of daily incessant insecurity.

“That this august gathering of leaders of the Yoruba nation notes almost daily proof of government helplessness in face of the ugly peace and security problem. A few ugly happenstances offered credibility to this sorry state of affairs.

“For instance, Defence Minister of the nation, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, retd, in a jolting moment of helpless exasperation, advised Nigerians to begin to defend themselves.

“Where else does self-help become an option other than in a situation of total breakdown of law and order? Following closely on the heels of that, is the Federal Government’s ‘no fly zone’ ban on Zamfara airspace. What more character of the official declaration of war is there beyond this?

“That the Yoruba nation is deeply worried by the unfolding anarchy, particularly as it affects the South-West region, almost rendered comatose by daily occurrence of kidnappings, arson, maiming, destruction of economic facilities and killings.

“That the acts of criminality being conniving tagged: ‘farmers-herders clash’, is a case of terrorism. Those who unleash attack on farmers, who kidnap fellow Nigerians for huge ransom, those who kill and rape women are no bandits but terrorists.

“When injustice becomes law, resistance will be a duty. That it is in the light of the foregoing that this gathering of Yoruba leadership has noted with concern the challenges faced by security agencies and lately, Amotekun.

“The Aare-Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland is hereby mandated by Yoruba leaders worldwide to complement official government law enforcement units.

“That this special internal South-West security group made up of all stakeholders in the security realm, including OPC, Agbekoya, Vigilante Group, Hunters, etc have been charged by leaders of our nation here gathered to help ensure our portion of Nigeria is safe again.”

While speaking at the event, the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, said: “Some people are clamouring for the presidency to return to the south in 2023, but the situation at hand does not demand such talks. We need to focus more on the issues confronting us. We have to be diplomatic in our approaches.

“The issue at hand is beyond rhetoric. I am not bothered about my position or about 2023. I am bold to say it; I am not encumbered in any way. I have no godfather, but God the Father. I am bothered about the development of Yorubaland and Oyo State.”

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Alleged ₦338.8m money laundering trial: Ikuforiji to open defence March 24

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Former speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji has been given March 24th 2021 to open defence in an alleged ₦338.8 million money laundering trial at a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The former top lawmaker is standing trial on a 54-count charge bordering on the alleged offences. His aide, Oyebode Atoyebi is a co-defendant.

Although, they were granted bail in 2012 to the tune of ₦500 million when they pleaded not guilty, the duo through their counsel, Mr Dele Adesina, SAN will now start their defence of the 54-count charge on March 24.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Liman set the date on Wednesday after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) closed its case after the testimony of its second and final witness, Adewale Taiwo Olatunji.

The defendants were first arraigned on March 1, 2012 before Justice Okechukwu Okeke on a 20-count charge bordering on misappropriation and money laundering.

They had each pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

Following a re-assignment of the case, the defendants were, subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba.

 

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