APC, Odubote seek state police, special status
Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Federal Government to grant a special status to the state following the deaths that resulted from the controversial drafting of armed military personnel to quell the #EndSARS demonstrations in the nation’s economic capital.
SIMILARLY, a former representative of Epe Constituency in the National Assembly, Lanre Odubote, urged collective efforts between the state and federal governments at rebuilding the state in the aftermath of the protests.
In a chat with The Guardian yesterday, he implored the Federal Government to expedite action on the demand for special status for Lagos as a one-time federal capital.
Odubote said the state should not be left alone at this trying period.
MEANWHILE, State Publicity Secretary of APC, Seye Oladejo, said the plea has become necessary to enable Lagos rebuild its monuments swiftly.
The party stressed the need for ‘state police’ to forestall a repeat of destruction and looting of public and private property.
While rallying support for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to restore all that had been lost to the mayhem, the ruling party flayed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for faulting the N1 trillion preliminary estimation to reinstate destroyed properties.
ALSO, ex-United Nations official, Oseloka Obaze, has deplored the Lekki toll plaza, Lagos attacks.
The erstwhile Secretary of the Security Council Ad hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention in Africa sought the arrest and trial of the masterminds.
Obaze, who was also one-time Secretary to Government in Anambra, supported calls for punitive measures against erring police operatives involved in brutality, torture and extra-judicial killings in addition to flushing them out of the force.
The Policy Adviser to ex-President of the 44th United Nations General Assembly and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Major-General Joseph Garba (rtd) equally sought the establishment of state police to address some of the pressing issues in the polity.
He said in addition to the panels set up by Federal Government, “we must embark on meaningful police reform and seriously consider state police.”