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Commissioner urges Lagos Assembly to amend Amotekun, Coronavirus laws

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House moves to curb illegal dredging in state

Lagos State House of Assembly has moved to consider the amendment of some of the COVID-19 and Amotekun laws recently passed by the House. The House had earlier received a letter from the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, calling the attention of the Assembly to amendment of some of the laws.

The letter for the amendment of the laws as read by the Clerk of the House during plenary yesterday to further ease the work of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu include Section 2 sub-section (1,3, 2b), Section 4 sub-section (2) and Section 5 of the Law on Combating and Stopping the Spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes and Section 20 sub-sections (1, 3) of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law.

Onigbanjo urged the House to look into the observations and amend them as appropriate, saying that this would enable Sanwo-Olu to effectively carry out his responsibilities.

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The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, afterwards directed that the House Committee on Health should consider the observation on the COVID-19 Law, while the House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy should look through the observation on Amotekun Law and report to the House on Thursday, May 7, 2020, the next adjourned date.

In another development, the Speaker has set up a seven-man ad-hoc committee to look into the indiscriminate activities of dredgers along the shorelines of the state.

The committee, which is to be headed by Victor Akande, has Adedamola Kasunmu, Desmond Elliott, Nureni Akinsanya, David Setonji, Ajani Owolabi and Jimi Mohammed as members and is expected to report back to the House in two weeks’ time.

The committee was formed after a motion of urgent matter of public importance was moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Noheem Adams, calling for the need to put on hold all dredging activities in the shorelines of the state.which he said, clearly posed imminent threat to the lives of the residents.

Adams urged the state government and the House to take decisive steps on the matter as he hinted that in spite of various complaints and while the lockdown subsisted, dredgers still continued their activities across the state, especially in Sangotedo in Eti-Osa Constituency I.

“I just want to buttress my point to tell our people that when it comes to the issue of dredging, you will agree with me that it requires expertise, caution and proper monitoring.

“In a situation whereby there is no caution or monitoring, we will fall into a dangerous and disastrous situation. The lawmakers took turns to corroborate the thrust of the motion, citing why the activities of dredgers was fast becoming dreadful rather than helpful as it was originally meant to stem the tides on waterways.

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