Lawyer’s Request for Release of CCTV Footage on Lekki Shooting Denied by Lagos State Government

 


Inibehe Effiong who is a human rights lawyer requested for the release of the CCTV footage of the Lekki shooting by the state government. In consonance with his request, stated the  Freedom of Information Act 2011. The human rights lawyer believes that the release of the footage would would definitely shed light on the issue. The issue has become that of national interest as well and it will be in the best interest of the public. This request was made last week.

However,  Lagos State government the demand for the release of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) footage. The footage was supposed to contain coverage of  shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lekki in Lagos. The unfortunate event which took place a month ago had left tge nation bereaved. This denial was however, made on Friday (6-11-2020).

Deyemi Bamgbose wrote a letter on behalf of the state’s Attorney-General. The letter which was dated November 3rd states that: “I am further directed to inform you that the laws of Lagos State do not include the Freedom of Information Act which is a federal law that is not applicable to the state. As such, your request cannot be granted.”

In furtherance to that,  the government cited the Court of Appeal judgment of 2018. This citation was made to  back its claim. A lot of citizens look up to the release of the footage so as to know the truth about what really happened on 20-10-2020.

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