Tribunal submits report on Lekki Free Zone Crisis

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), receiving the report of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) from the Chairman of the Tribunal, Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, rtd. (right) while the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (left), watches, during the submission of report by the Tribunal, at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.

A tribunal of inquiry set-up to look into the civil disturbances that erupted in the Lekki-Free Zone in Lagos State has finally submitted its report.

The tribunal which had a mandate of 45 days to work was constituted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on October 22nd last year.

The disturbances which took place on the 12th of October, 2015; led to the death of the then Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Mr Tajudeen Disu after being shot.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the Chairman, Tribunal of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ),  Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, rtd. (middle) and member of the Tribunal, Mrs. Rafeequat Onabamiro (right), during the submission of the report by the Tribunal, at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the Chairman, Tribunal of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, rtd. (middle) and member of the Tribunal, Mrs. Rafeequat Onabamiro (right), during the submission of the report by the Tribunal, at  the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.

Before submitting the report put together in four volumes, the tribunal Chairman, retired Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi stated that the panel came up with 24 recommendations, premised on critical findings and recommendations; memoranda received; verbatim record of proceedings and exhibits.

Justice Olateru-Olagbegi highlighted that 22 memoranda were received from members of the public while 32 witnessed also turned up at the tribunal sittings.

No conflicting resolutions

In the words of the Chairman, the five-member panel of inquiry visited the Lekki-Free Zone and the adjoining communities before arriving at its recommendations stressing that there were neither majority nor minority reports as all members were united in arriving at the recommendations.

“We took time out to visit the Free Trade Zone; Dangote Industries, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited and the coastal villages and communities- Okunraye where the trouble all began, Tiye, Abejoye, Yeguda and many of them.

We saw a lot, we learnt a lot, from what was presented to us and from what we saw with our own eyes, the humble view of the tribunal in respect of the future is that, the Lekki Free Trade Zone has vast potential to transform the economic landscape of Lagos State in terms of massive employment, in terms of attracting foreign investment and revenue generation and we know that all things being equal the transformation will be on a scale that is hitherto unparalleled in black Africa. We pray that in our lifetime, that dream will be accomplished,” Olateru-Olagbegi reiterated.

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with members of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) - Mrs. Rafeequat Onabamiro; Otunba Yemi Lawal and Otunba Tunde Seriki, during the submission of the report by the Tribunal, at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with members of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) – Mrs. Rafeequat Onabamiro; Otunba Yemi Lawal and Otunba Tunde Seriki, during the submission of the report by the Tribunal, at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January
06, 2016.

Consequently, Governor Ambode in a brief remark noted that the Lekki-Free Zone Area project was integral to the state’s economy and government’s job creation economy.

He stressed that the recommendations of the tribunal would be treated with dispatch.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (4th left), in a group photograph with Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; members of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) - Otunba Tunde Seriki; Mrs. Rafeequat Onabamiro; Chairman of the Tribunal, Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, (rtd.); Otunba Yemi Lawal; Surv. Faud Kassim and Secretary of the Tribunal, Mr. Adebayo Haroun, during the submission of report by the Tribunal, at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (4th left), in a group photograph with Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; members of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the October 12, 2015 Civil Disturbance at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) – Otunba Tunde Seriki; Mrs. Rafeequat Onabamiro; Chairman of the Tribunal, Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, (rtd.); Otunba Yemi Lawal; Surv. Faud Kassim and Secretary of the Tribunal, Mr. Adebayo Haroun, during the submission of
report by the Tribunal, at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.

“We will do everything to ensure the success of the project and any issue concerning the success of this project will be treated with dispatch; the state government will give serious considerations to the report of the tribunal,” the governor said.

Governor Ambode also assured existing and prospective investors that his government of the state would not relent in its duty of ensuring the supremacy of the rule of law and respect for best practices in the scheme of things.

 

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