Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), a human rights lawyer, has condemned the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), for purpotedly discovering and picking up a video camera recorder at the Lekki toll gate plaza.
Fashola discovered the camera on Sunday during an on the spot assessment carried out by him and some other Ministers and Governors from the South-Western States.
This online medium understands that during their visit to some of the incident scenes, Fashola, who also happens to be a former Lagos State Governor, discovered a camera carefully hidden in a spot at the Lekki toll gate.
The camera which is presumed to have been planted to capture what transpired at the scene was picked up with the aid of a handkerchief and handed over to Governor Sanwo-Olu for further forensic analysis and investigation.
Fashola stated “I think this will help with the ongoing investigations into the shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate. “It requires forensic analysis and could be used in the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the shootings at the Toll Gate, I believe.”
Reacting in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Usurpation of powers of the panel of inquiry on SARS abuses’, Adegboruwa said Fashola illegally tampered with exhibits that may become useful to the panel in the course of its assignment.
The statement read in part, “Since the panel has been vested with jurisdiction over the Lekki toll plaza, I verily believe that it is 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.”
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