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#EndSARS: Concerned Lagosians frown at desecration of Igbosere court, Oba of Lagos palace

…… Say Public buildings should be guarded by armed security officers

A group of concerned Lagosians have frowned at the recent destruction of property at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, and Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos by hoodlums during the #EndSARS peaceful protests that turned violent after it was hijacked by hoodlums.

In a communique signed by Mr. Lawal Pedro, SAN and 35 other Lagosians in business and profession, the group called on government at all levels to protect sensitive public buildings from future destruction.

Mr. Pedro advised that sensitive public buildings like courts in Lagos and other places should henceforth be heavily guarded by armed security officers.

Pedro, a retired Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, during the 3-hour virtual meeting, expressed sadness over what he termed desecration of the heritage of indigenes in their ancestral home, Lagos.

Apart from the wanton destruction of the Igbosere court premises, considered to be Nigeria’s oldest judicial building, the concerned Lagosians also condemned the invasion of the palace of Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Akiolu, noting that such bold violation of their heritage is unprecedented.

The sons of the soil also acknowledged that the EndSARS protest was hijacked by some subversive elements, stressing that destruction of businesses and properties is not part of the objectives of the genuine protesters.

According to Mr. Pedro, SAN, “We also condemn in strongest terms the subsequent destruction of public and private properties in Lagos  State including the palace of the  Oba of  Lagos and Igbosere court premises by some hoodlums who were angered by the soldiers’  attack on the peaceful  #ENDSARS  protesters at Lekki  Toll-gate.

“The  destruction  was  not  what  the  genuine  protesters wanted or desired  and  we sympathize with those who have lost loved ones,  properties, businesses  and  premises.”

Speaking further, Mr. Pedro said,  “The  aftermath  of  the attack  of  #ENDSARS  protesters  at  Lekki  Toll-gate  Eti-Osa  Local  Government Area  of  Lagos  State  on  20th  October  2020,  were  but  not  limited  to  the  following;

“i. Loss of lives of innocent peaceful protesters.  ii. Destruction of public and private properties. iii. Destruction and desecration of the  HERITAGE  OF  INDIGENES  of  Lagos such as the Palace of  Oba of  Lagos as never been witnessed or read in the history of  Lagos.

“In view of the above,  some concerned indigenes of  Lagos  State convened a  virtual meeting and deliberated on the causes and impacts of the unpleasant event on the  State,  its inhabitants and  Indigenes.  

The former Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Justice said the #ENDSARS  protest at the  Lekki  Toll-gate was the most peaceful and well organised protest ever in the history of Lagos State and Nigeria in general.

“Therefore, the invitation of armed security/military officers to attack the unarmed peaceful protesters at the  Lekki  Toll-gate which led to the loss of lives and injuries to protesters is condemnable and unacceptable. 

“The  Government should therefore bring those responsible to book,” he added.

The concerned indigenes also alerted other Lagos indigenes to take roles in government to protect the sanctity and heritage of their ancestral home, warning that most politicians in Lagos are non-indigenes who would take to their heels when Lagos runs into unbearable trouble.

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