Lekki Robbery: Blame Jonathan, he took away police officers — Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Photo credit: Sun Newspaper
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Photo credit: Sun Newspaper

Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the robbery incident in Lagos, Thursday evening, could have been averted if enough police officers were available.

About six people, including three police officers, were killed by about half a dozen armed robbers who stormed a bank on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase 1.

The robbers escaped in a speedboat after their operation, several witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES.

“Perhaps what would be would have been, but it’s sad to see all our security personnel, all our security vehicles deployed to protect one man,” said Mr. Fashola, who spoke at an event, An Evening with Buhari and Osinbajo, in Lagos.

“All the vehicles we bought for the police were stationed to receive the President in Lagos. Those policemen have children and tonight their mothers will have to explain to them why daddy is not coming home.”

Mr. Fashola requested a minute of silence for the deceased officers.

Mr. Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos on Thursday to launch a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, to increase global investment.

Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who is Mr. Jonathan’s main challenger in this month’s election, was also in the state to meet a gathering of young people at a programme tagged, Secure the Future: Discussing the Future with the Youth.

The APC candidate was, however, absent at a later event where he was scheduled to meet young professionals and entertainment personalities.

In 2011, while receiving six patrol gun boats from the Lagos State government, Yakubu Alkali, then Commissioner of Police, said that the boats would be deployed to Marina, Apapa, Ijora, Atlas Cove, Lekki Phases 1 and 2, Ibafon, Epe, and Badagry.

“It is only hoodlums who want to commit suicide that will dare take on the Marine Police,” Mr. Alkali said at the time.

“These gun boats are not only high-tech, they are fast, highly maneuverable and deadly; faster and deadlier than anything the hoodlums can ever boast of.”


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  • Adebenson

    So Fashola is politicising their deaths??/ what a failure!

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      did u just say politicizing their deaths. I disagree with you. He meant that their deaths were avoidable if we stop withdrawing police from strategic locations for the visit of one man regardless of his office. why must Nigerians be exposed to danger and traffic hardship every time gej visits Lagos

      • Etties

        Why was the security details and police men for Buhari who was also in Lagos not withdrawn to provide the security.Mr Fashola,you’ve lost it.

        • Akinsss

          What time did Buhari and GEJ arrived lagos? Whats the time of the incident? FG is in control of the police. Lagos government can only provide resource for proper policing of the state. State governor’s doesn’t have the constitutional right over the police but the president does. The other question is what happened to the seaway police were they also deployed for the president visit?

        • ODOFIN, Lagos

          You are totally ignorant of the law…no further comment for you.

          • jack

            u have lost your mind bro!!

          • Antidote

            Did you read all rubbish a supposed state governor just spewed. If you
            assume all policemen/women in Lagos were automatically deployed to contain GEJ’s visit, then i think its very okay to assume you a standard moron.

            Odofin sounds like a chieftaincy name and a part of the 1%, so I’m gladly including your name in the list of recipients of these curse goes out to. Karma would visit you all sooner than you bargain for. God would punish all of you playing politics with our lives.

  • Curseless

    You may not like it but this is his state. When security personnel are disproportionally repositioned to protect on man it leaves the other areas vulnerable. Yes, the President have to be protected, but his security men botched this one and in a democratic setting the buck still stops at the President table.

  • Spoken word

    Jonathan don bring his badluck to Lagos. abeg leave us in peace.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    My heartfelt sympathy to the Family of those that lost their lives in this unfortunate and criminal event. No one should play politics With people’s lives. If both GEJ and Buhari were in Lagos simultaneously, was Security not provided for both of them? Why blame it on GEJ’S visit alone? It is for reason(s) like these that everyone has DESERTED APC.

    • Curseless

      I will be shocked if the government provided security for Buhari, because if you remember very well when the speaker of the house defected the first thing the government did was to withdraw his security details. They were just re-instituted about two days ago which should not be.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Well, remain SHOCK because Buhari is alway provided With Security anywhere he goes!!!

  • Destiny

    Fashola what about other previous 27 times that arm robbers have been terrorising lagos state even when the president was not on a visit to lagos state. It is quite sad and unfortunate that APC play politics with every thing.

  • 247don007

    People just like making comment in support of ineptitude; so long as the person is of their tribe, region, religion or political party. When we accept to call black black & white white things will begin to get better in this country. Fashola is the CSO of Lagos state. He is receiving huge sum in security vote. What is his security plan for the state? Fashola can’t tell me that all the police in the state were deployed to guard GEJ. I know that if there was a proper security plan for the state, the security community will always follow it through. Such plan will guide the police on deployment of officers. Fashola should not involve GEJ on this one.

  • Adebisi

    Fashola is always quick to blame others for his inabilities. Water way has always being an exit point for robbers, why can’t he set up security personnels that will patrol the sea? He will one today blame Jonathan for his family problem

    • Reminisce6

      In 2011, while receiving six patrol gun boats from the Lagos State government, Yakubu Alkali, then Commissioner of Police, said that the boats would be deployed to Marina, Apapa, Ijora, Atlas Cove, Lekki Phases 1 and 2, Ibafon, Epe, and Badagry.

      “It is only hoodlums who want to commit suicide that will dare take on the Marine Police,” Mr. Alkali said at the time.

      WHAT MORE CAN THE STATE GOVERNMENT DO?The big guy came to town and most of the State security personnel were diverted.Perhaps,the Police should create a special unit that takes care of high profile dignitaries without jeopardizing the general security of the State.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        You are very stewpede. How many times has the President come to Lagos? Where were all the police on that occasion and why were there no robberies? These politicians lie to keep their job, what motivates you to lie?

  • Look at a man who voted 70b just to run his office alone last year and is more interested in building toll gates——to collect revenue than improving on the security of the state-talking to his subjects again———-He has no respect for the office of the president———-because of the Yoruba-ness in him–Or-maybe the jihadist credentials that they carry in APC–who knows—Its clear as day light that the robbery operation was organized by Tinubu and his cohorts—–in Lagos–to give a dog a bad name.——-Was it Jonathan who made it impossible for Buhari the APC certificate less presidential candidate who was absent at a later event where he was scheduled to meet young professionals and entertainment personalities? Was it not because of his sickness which APC is hiding from the public–that made him cut short his trip to lagos?——Lagos is not the first state to experience armed robbery–b4 Jonathan was armed robbery in the state-ati Nigeria.

  • ogechi

    77days for nigeria to be Jonathan-free,May29th is it

  • Abijaa

    How Lagos state became the most violent

    This is a quite a childish explanation of the predictable effect of
    Raji Fasola’s ban on Freedom of Information in Lagos state
    to darken the atmosphere sufficiently for official thefts of the $40b
    Lagos state earned as revenues since 1999. Because if theft begets
    theft, Raji Fashola’s corruptive acts validate the violent killings in Lagos.

  • Look at a man who voted 70b just to run his office alone last year and is more interested in building toll gates——to collect revenue than improving on the security of the state-talking to his subjects again—Is FASHOLA not aware that the governors are the chief security officer of their states?——-And that why he has no respect for the office of the president———-because of the Yoruba-ness in him? If Fayose had spoken to the ailing Buhari like that Liar Mohamed would have been all over the place-with his yellowish vomit—Sha its the jihadist credentials that they carry around in APC–that is troubling themn-who knows–Clear as daylight that the robbery operation was organized by Tinubu and his cohorts—–in Lagos–to give a dog a bad name.——-Was it Jonathan who made it impossible for Buhari the APC certificate less presidential candidate who was absent at a later event where he was scheduled to meet young professionals and entertainment personalities? Now we all know has tonnes of sickness which APC has been hiding from the public-else -let them tell us why Buhari cut short his trip to Lagos to enable him rest?——Lagos is not the first state to experience armed robbery–b4 Jonathan was armed robbery in the state-ati Nigeria.

    • Tobi

      U can only be chief Security officer when those security institutions are under ur control. Is he the one controlling police?

  • absam777

    Mr Corruption visits Lagos – The armed robbers came with their master Jonathan. They have run out of cash to dole out. So they have to rob Lagosian to pay them for their vote.

  • abiija

    Why Lagos state became the most violent

    Raji Fashola’s childish explanation misses the point. Bloody violence erupts in Lagos
    directly as a predictable effect of Raji Fasola’s ban on Freedom of Information
    in Lagos state to darken the atmosphere sufficiently for his administration’s official thefts
    of much of the $40 billion dollars that Lagos state earned as revenues since 1999.

    The proper explanation why Lagos became the most violent in Nigeria – under Raji Fashola
    – is that theft begets theft. Everybody in Lagos state perceives Raji Fashola is as corrupt as
    James Ibori (ex-Governor Delta State) who is now deservedly in a London’s prison. It is this
    official theft of Raji Fashola’s corruptive acts that stokes and validates the serial violent killings
    in Lagos state today state; and, renders Lagos state into a bloody and utterly un-liveable place.

    • Konya

      @abiija. You are definitely out of your mind and knows next to nothing about Lagos. Lagos under Fashola remained the safest city in Nigeria until GEJ’s second term adventure. The policemen funded and equipped by Fashola were withdrawn by Madam Patience’s AIG to protect GEJ while armed robbers had a field day tracking his Dollar rain. Marina is today on lockdown because of the 2015 ambition

  • Lagos is not more violent than Ebonyi or Enugu states when you take the population of these states into consideration.
    Why would the police deploy all their vehicles or most of their vehicles just to receive Jonathan? Is his life more important than the lives of other Nigerians? This government is a government that wastes the lives of Nigerians. We can do something about this government once and for all on 28 the March.

    • AYOBAMI

      Do we realise d much harm we r doing to ourselves via d unseriousness we apply 2 issues.Pls,is ds where Nigeria should bbe in d commonwealth of nations?Our major prob is leadership which has given birth to very bad followers hip n systems.Are u not bothered abt d trends of events?Criminals n convicts are celebrated while d parrots have no place.Are u not bothered that ds vampire,called corruption has eaten deep in2 d whole systems in our nation;our leaders in an undying bid 2 retain power av bought over our religious institions n figures with money,our traditional heads,for their belly av been bought over,our resistant groups have been silenced by awards of contracts….Pls,wat is left of us?Weplay n sound ppolitical than realistic.This is our nation but on daily basis,it is so n more frustrating being a Nigerian; graduates r without jobs,those with jobs r losing then,children can’t go to school,poverty is so clear on d faces of sons n daughters of d land that should flow with milk n honey,but these only flow into d storehouses of the hijackers of d souk of Nigeria.Let’s speak as Nigerians n not as APC,PDP,NCP,SDP….members.If u are eaten from their table n as a result,u r sponsoring falsehood or making noise about fallacy,its a matter of time,u will share in their doom when God shall retribute 2 u n they d roll back of yr deeds cos d vouce s of d deprived n downtrodden shl bring u discomfort.The blood of d innocent shed n spill for u or any other shl cry till u pay with yr life till d 10th generation….Let’s pursue common good n stop toiling with Nigeria.If GEJ isn’t working,let’s be clear n be united in one voice,rather than protect a moment to create a lifetym of woe.If APC isn’t OK,let’s constructively make our claims,rather than stand against ourselves n reason,we should be stronger together rather than get the enemies of Nigeria fortified against possible outcries…This is our land,it is our world,let’s protect her.

      • John West

        well spoken.thanks ayobami

    • Adebisi

      Stop making absurd comparison. Enugu is one of the coolest place in Nigeria. APC and their support dwell in lies and propaganda. Do you know the number of police men in lagos state that this nagging governor is using Jonathan as an excuse for his ineptitude?

  • Folu

    Did Raji Fashola go to school at all? His explanation is un-educated and makes no sense.

    • Town Crier

      Lagos now rated the 3rd worst city in the world….

      “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by
      the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos,
      Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world.
      Lagos has degraded further from its awful status
      in 2012 as the 4th worst city.

      On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of
      39.0 of all cities in the world assessed. The study titled,
      ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city,
      such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict, the quality
      of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
      the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

      ………Reported by British Telegraph

      [January 2014]

      • abiija

        ………and now, Lagos state is the most violent in Nigeria

        Raji Fasola banned Freedom of Information in Lagos state
        to darken the atmosphere sufficiently for official thefts of much of
        the $40b Lagos state earned as revenues since 1999. And because theft

        begets theft, Raji Fashola’s corruptive acts now validate violent killings in Lagos.
        That’s because stealing as official policy signals to the rest of society to do likewise.

      • abiija2

        ………and now, Lagos state is the most violent in Nigeria

        Raji Fasola banned Freedom of Information in Lagos state
        to darken the atmosphere sufficiently for official thefts of much of
        the $40b Lagos state earned as revenues since 1999. And because theft
        begets theft, Raji Fashola’s corruptive acts now validate violent killings in Lagos.
        That’s because stealing as official policy signals to the rest of society to do likewise.

        • No Comment

          Shashshshhh, no noise please, APC Lagos Leaders are in caucus session;
          featuring Alhaji Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Raji Fashola, and, Apprentice Ambode:

    • APC is Doomed

      That’s what you get when as a graduate you shout sai Buhari. They reason like their master.

  • Antidote

    Horrible Fashola didn’t comment about innocent lives caught in stray robbers bullet, because our lives doesn’t count. The moron rather played politics with the lives of common civilians. Who cares if a policeman gets caught in an organised robbery of this magnitude, the weapons didn’t fall from the sky, some corrupt police officers armed these thieves for monetary gains.
    God will punish you Mr Fashola for gambling our lives at the expense of scoring APC vs PDP political scores.

  • evi

    Apc is so desperate that they will play politics with everything. What a set of evil people!

    • Tunsj

      I hate to correct you but I’m sure that you are talking about PDP.

      • evi

        Terrorist, I am not brain dead like your certificate forger quota system general, I dont need correction from the likes of you, where were you when buhari needed help to remember his running mates name and needed to remember the full meaning of inec and apc ? Moron.

        • Tunsj

          Keep on repeating the talking point from PDP.

          • evi

            Keep repeating apc propanganda

    • Chukwudi Boniface

      Na lie, anytime GEJ is in Lagos, every form of movement comes to a grind and all secutity men are drafted to protect him. So please fact check before you speak. Same thing happens for Patience.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Fashola’s SAN is meaningless. After watching that AIT documentary, I am convinced that the lapdog and his certificate forger, murderer and treasury looter Bola Tinubu will end up in jail soon. Fashola is a senseless irritant.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Fashola’s SAN is meaningless. After watching that AIT documentary, I am convinced that the lapdog and his certificate forger, murderer and treasury looter godfather Bola Tinubu will end up in jail soon. Fashola is a senseless irritant.

  • Olusola

    Anywhere he visits he leaves; sadness, sorrow, and death…..Jonathan’s regular trademark! His has brought more miseries to Nigeria than from independence to 2010 put together. If he leaves today Nigerians will not miss him. We will throw a huge party, celebrating our “freedom” from shame and disgrace!

    • John West

      illiterates on rampage

  • musa

    This man they call fashola I don’t know if he has problems with his brains, so the president should be held responsible for the crime that happened in a state he is supposed to be in charge of. This is how we know a responsible government. Did jonathan also take his Marine Police? Abi the police that were deployed to secure his party presidential candidate are ghosts and not Nigerian police men? I just pity this tinubu house boy and may the blood of the people killed be upon his head since he wants to play politics with innocent lives lost. May the souls of the innocent ones lost during this evil event rest in peace, Amen.

    • ConScience

      Do you live in Lagos? Do you know the ordeal people go through when Mr President is in town? Your Mr. President drunk with power pretty much makes every aspect of civil society dysfunctional when he is in town so Fashola cannot supersede a President that is No respecter of any known State laws talk less of common decency. This is what happens when you hand power to unenlightened citizens. So before you go spouting incoherently tend to fact check sir/ma.

      • musa

        Your point is baseless, what about the security men guarding Buhari that same day they were having their town hall meeting. You guys are just mentioning Jonathan becos of the hate you have for him, so you mean to tell me he carried the whole security men in lagos. What about the helicopters fashola claims he purchased for the police in lagos? Let us say the truth and stop playing politics with human lives.

        • ConScience

          Chairman Musa. I wish you could also heed your own advice. Once again I kindly implore you to please be cognizant of facts. Once boats, choppers et al are donated to the Nigerian Police Force, it is no longer the property of the Governor to ascertain or instruct its usage. There is a CP of Police Aderanti who also reports to the new AIG of the Zone Mbu. who has the final say on how resources are utilized. It has nothing to do with the Governor since the NPF is a Federal entity against all rationale /sensibility. Please who is playing politics with human lives now?

          • musa

            So the governor has to take permission from the federal government before he fights crime in a state under his control? How can your so called governor clam all his whole security personnel were securing the president when he has his own guard brigade. Your governor has shown a high level of irresponsibility and should hide his face in shame, likewise you all his supporters. May the soul of those innocent people rest in peace.

          • ConScience

            Amen. I pray while you are considering the souls of those innocent you may as well seek to pray for the souls of the victims of the insurgency the past 6 years plus the victims of the immigration debacle that you supporters of irresponsible leadership in Aso Rock continue to make apologies for. Chairman Musa, I know a partisan when I see one. I just wanted you to reveal yourself to the world so as not to claim you are speaking from an objective point of view. I have a history of criticizing questionable leadership be it the ruling party or the major opposition party. At least I do not claim to be biased towards failed leadership like some. Cheers mate!!!

    • Biscotti

      In a civilized country such a thing could not happen, Nigeria is claiming to be a civilized country, mostly Lagos will tell you that they are “MEGGA CITY” there is no any reason that can brought the security authority to empty their environment in the name of welcoming Mr. President, otherwise it is a shame to Lagos state government.
      Now the state governor is using it play a politics, it is the reason why I gonna keep saying that Nigerians are made up of monkey’s and barbules.

    • zovoej

      same happened in Ekiti

  • Solomon Wize

    BRF you make it sound like the police men that were meant to be on duty along that way on that day were taken away by Jonathan. Uncle don’t be playing politics with such a terrible occurrence. The last time it happened at Lekki like that was Jonathan in town? They robbed and escaped with a boat the same way.

    I in no way support the unpopular president, but talk to Lagosians like you’re talking to some people with brains and not some dim wits! Also take responsibility rather than passing the buck

    • John West

      thanks mr solomon wise, ask childish fashola why his own security was not withdrawn to guide jonathan that day.

  • omo oba

    Imagine how fashola was making speechless like barbarian, so it is Jonathan that is governing lagos state isn’t it? remember that this is not the first time that rubbers will rub with boat in lagos . mean while you and your so call apc use to be in arrogantly that lagos has the best security in Nigeria and don’t be foolishness us it is politics way you are making

  • John Matthew

    FASHOLA IS A LOOSER LOOKING FOR EXCUSE AND WHO TO BLAME FOR HIS FAILURE, ONE DAY HE WILL BLAME GEJ FOR THE DEATH OF TINUBU’S MOTHER. POLICE MEN WERE THERE, BUT IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THE ROBBERS OVERWHELMED THEM.

    • Repeater Station

      Shashshshhh, no noise please, APC Lagos Leaders are in caucus session;
      featuring Alhaji Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Raji Fashola, and, Apprentice Ambode:

  • Chukwudi Boniface

    Fashola is right in his criticism. Do you know that when ever GEJ is in Lag, many roads are locked down because of him and no movement. Do you know that several times he comes to Lag and roads are blocked, people who are stuck in traffic end up being robbed? If you think am lying, kindly call your friends and families and ask them whether anytime GEJ is in town due to no security and roads blocked if people don’t get robbed in traffic?

    • abiija2

      @ Chukwudi:

      No, no! Raji Fasola banned Freedom of Information in Lagos state
      to darken the atmosphere sufficiently for official thefts of much of
      the $40b Lagos state earned as revenues since 1999. And because theft
      begets theft, Raji Fashola’s corruptive acts validate violent killings in Lagos,
      because stealing as official policy signals to the rest of society to do likewise,
      and stealing includes deadly violence to wrongfully dis-possess another person.

      • Chukwudi Boniface

        Let me tell you something you don’t know. If it is right as you and your pdp goons accused Tinubu of stealing money, kindly answer these questions as you mentioned $40 billion since 1999.

        An unrepentant PDP Elder asked me
        if I have watched the documentary, I
        asked which one, he said the
        documentary showing how Tinubu
        owes 75% of Lagos revenue, that
        Tinubu is highly corrupt. And I asked
        him, Daddy, does Tinubu have
        immunity, he said NO. Is Tinubu a
        spirit? he said NO. Is Tinubu in
        Nigeria, he said yes. Has Tinubu
        been invited by EFCC? he said NO. I
        shook my head, and told him, Sir, I
        pray never to be like you when I
        grow up. He became sad and walked
        away. Instead of a sane government
        to prosecute an alleged corrupt
        man, they are busy running wasteful
        documentary with tax payers
        money.
        What a shame PDP!!!
        JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • os

    Y oga fashola no depot oga jona na?

  • Joe

    I have always said that fashola is not and can never be a politician and that is why he can never be a man of himself. For goodness sake, how can Jobathan’s visit to Lagos stock market take all policemen in Lagos?. Fashola is naive, childish.

  • Total

    May God console the victims family and grant them grace to bear the irreparable loss. Only failures give excuses. Fashola can even blame Jonathan for his inability to meet his wife. The window dressing called performance is being tore through and we have seen the facade called Fashola impressive performance. Lagos is as unsafe as Chibok that is the message from the robbers.

  • MC

    Politics! So everyone has to blame Jonathan for everything!?

    • Bestvoice123

      Exactly! A drowning man will clutch at straw. They will say anything to get out of their desperation situation. APC will blame Jonathan for everything even when he is not interfering with their affairs, they will blame he for not interfering. INEC will blame Jonathan for inefficiency.

  • richkid

    Clueless fashola. Look at his claims no fact. GEJ all the way. You claim you have marine police. They also went to welcome GEJ? Grow up fashola your to be blamed

  • richkid

    Instead of saying sorry ans consoling the family of the bereaved, your here politicising it. Grow up fashola show remorse, people died. GEJ all the way

  • famaks

    Fashola stated facts here and only counter facts can change his conclusion.

    1. People familiar with lekki axis said on post that the patrol vans at the two round about were re assigned elsewhere on this sad occasion, please find out to where?

    2. The voice in the video on line never mention advancing police patrol, neither can you hear any such background noice, please does this not susgest police are bussy elsewhere?

    3. Where were the special boats bought for police in Lagos by BRF deployed on this sad day?

    3. Is true the C in C is carrying out official functions not too far away? and these hoodlums dressed in army uniforms knew exactly that police were distracted by JEG visit? Notice how confidently they operated?

    4. How many of us know that joseph mbu never take orders from elected governors? especially opposition governors

    5, Does the speed boat connection alert us of infiltration of ex/-militants turned rubbers?

    6. Is this robbers show now on video, design to tell us LAGOS is just likevCHIBOK thereby ridiculed the excellent work of BRF,

    6. THE DOLLAR RAIN commonly reported on media courtesy of JEG campaign, could it embolden criminal to seek their own? how be it violently,

    BRF statement may not be far off the truth , while JEG could not have deliberately arrange anything like this but the success of it as captured on video indicted a definitely distracted police.

    They were most probabky distracted by JEG engagements in the state.

    • disqus_5im86Y8yEJ

      Your reasons are on point, those guys struck knowing that all police commands would be all over GEJ, as would be instructed from their IG…

  • Frank Bassey

    The is the most irresponsible comment to be made by a man who pretends to be superstar when he is aiding and abating the looting of the state he governs with his political godfather as revealed in the recent documentary: “Unveiling The Real Tinubu”.

    • Omo Akin

      Respond to the fact in the story or shut up. The same thing happened in Ikare in Ondo State when the soldiers, police and equipment stationed in the town to checkmate armed robbers were deployed to Ekiti because of the President’s visit to Ekiti. Armed robbers came and killed more than a dozen people and were on rampage for hours without any security personnel to challenge them. Does our security agency lack the capacity to protect the President as well our citizens at the same time?

      • John West

        my friend, you can only convince your uneducated and uncivilized kinsmen who does not have any sense of civilization on that. the fact is very obvious that those armed robbers were planted by the accusers just for political propaganda.RUBBISH

  • Okey

    In the face of the rot that we all know about Lagos, particularly under Fashola, while Fashola mounts, daily, one insult after the other against Jonathan, I cannot but add:

    If Speaker Ikuforiji of the Lagos State House of Assembly did not raise a 46 count impeachment charges bordering on plain stealing and other forms of corruption against Fshola; and, if Fashola had attempted to file even a single defence of “I didn’t commit any of those,” I would have, considering his self-righteous posturing, been assuming that Fashola is a Saint. Again, if after 8 years in office, Fashola has not failed woefully to provide pipe borne water to Lagosians who had dutifully been paying self-crushing taxes to Fashola, I would have regarded him as a wonder worker. If despite sitting on humongous resources, Fashola had not plunged Lagos into over N500 Billion debt (local and otherwise), I would have been been living, like many, in the foolery that Fashola worked or that Lagos worked under Fashola. If Fashola did not appear before the National Council of States and advocate that 4 Million (out of 6 Million) Lagosians be disenfranchised in the 2015 polls, I would have, like many, been wallowing under the franchise of the gullible that Fashola love Nigeria more than Jonathan, or, indeed, more than any of us. But alas, Fashola proved himself much earlier than before the Ministerial appointment he is desperately gunning for under a Buhari presidency.

  • Okey

    Face of Progressive APC Lagos: Corruption & Dubious Governors’ Pension Scheme

    By Comrade Ayodele Akele
    2015-03-13

    Text of a press conference at Lagos State secretariat of National Conscience
    Party, NCP addressed by the Lagos state governorship candidate of NCP
    Comrade Ayodele Akele, Thursday 12th March 2015

    Photo: The Lagos State governorship candidate of NCP, Mr. Ayodele Akele, says if elected promises to scrap the pension of ex-governors Lagos State to continue to spend billions on Tinubu, Fashola, Ikuforiji and top APC functionaries every
    year! Is this the change we want in Lagos?

    Vote NCP for real change in Lagos!!!

    Despite living a life of obscene
    opulence, all provided for and paid for by Lagos State while in office,
    incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and Speaker of
    the State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji have ensured that
    they continue living in excessive luxury on the bills of Lagos tax
    payers even after their tenure expired.

    Already, immediate past Governor of
    Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has set the tone on how best to continue
    eating into the State’s resources and loot long after his tenure as
    Governor ended.

    Today, Tinubu has used the cover of the
    criminal and dubious unprecedented Lagos State Governor and Deputy
    Governor Pension Law of 2007 packaged by him before leaving office to
    acquire the Lagos State Guest House in Abuja and several buildings in
    highbrow Ikoyi and Victoria Island in fraudulent application of the so
    called Lagos Governor Pension Law which requires the State to provide
    residential houses (among other questionable largesse) for former
    Governor and Deputy in their areas of choice.

    Specifically, No. 4 Oyinkan Abayomi,
    built at a whopping sum of N2.4billion has been expropriated by the
    former Governor Bola Tinubu even as the Lagos state Annex house in Abuja
    worth N1.2billion has also been appropriated by Bola Tinubu in
    furtherance of this dubious pension law.

    Interestingly, while Tinubu and company
    were quick to acquire and earn more than listed in this dubious
    legislation, pension payment for retired civil servants in the State
    still remains as miserable as N2,000.00 per month till today after 35
    years of meritorious service.

    More critical in the coming months would
    be the huge amount of money and resources the State would be allocating
    to incumbent Governor Babatunde Fashola and the Speaker Adeyemi
    Ikuforiji and their Deputies under another proposed obnoxious pension
    law.

    Lagos State will be expending billions
    annually on these elements. It is really like continuous sucking the
    State dry after leaving office. What the sum of these billions can do
    for Lagosians in education, health, water and creating employment
    opportunities is better imagined!

    This should be a source of serious
    concern for all. Only recently, the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji,
    exploited his influence among his colleagues in the Lagos House of
    Assembly to push through this nefarious bill to amend a subsisting
    equally questionable law which provides for the payment of pensions and
    other benefits to political office holders in Lagos State for life.

    Lagosians must know this: The obnoxious
    law, in its original form, as provided for former Governors and Deputy
    Governors, is a criminal and scandalous legacy in the greedy
    expropriation of the scarce resources of Lagos State.

    Specifically, this unprecedented and
    indeed most lucrative pension in the world under ‘progressive’ APC Lagos
    State provide for payment of pensions and other Fringe Benefits to
    former Lagos State Governor and Deputy Governor in Lagos State details
    the provision of stupendous money and other benefits that ensure a
    perpetual though undeserved life of luxury for former governor and
    deputy governor on the bills and resources of Lagos State sadly in midst
    of abject poverty among Lagosians.

    Lagosians must therefore shine their
    eyes and see the highlight of what a former Governor and Deputy Governor
    are scheduled to earn for life after just 8 years of service of
    treasury looting:

    Former governor is entitled to six new
    cars every three years and a house in Lagos and another in Abuja. A
    house in Lagos will cost N500 million and Abuja N700 million. The former
    governor and family (spouse and children – both married and unmarried)
    are entitled to free medical, not capped. The ex-governor is entitled to
    a cook, steward, gardener and other domestic staff. Others include:

    1. 100% Annual Basic Salary of the
    incumbent governor and same for the Deputy Governor. This is to be
    reviewed every five years where there is salary review of the political
    office holders by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal
    Commission.

    2. Both the former Governor and his Deputy get 300% of their Annual Basic Salary as Furniture Allowance

    3. The two also get 30% of their Annual Basic Salary for Car Maintenance

    4. They collect 10% of their Annual Basic Salary for House Maintenance

    5. And another 10% of their Annual Basic Salary for Entertainment

    6. Twenty percent of their Annual
    Basic Salary is for Utility while Personal Assistants appointed by them
    is to collect 25% of their respective Annual Basic Salary

    The above outlined is in addition to one
    Residential House for the former Governor and Deputy Governor at any
    location of their choice in Lagos State; and one Residential House in
    the Federal Capital Territory for the former Governor.

    Further to be provided for the Former
    Governor are three cars, one pilot car and two backup cars. The cars are
    to be replaced every three years. Meanwhile, his Deputy’s fleet is
    provided with two cars plus one pilot car and one backup car. Added to
    these is a full complement of domestic staff, all of them scheduled to
    draw life pension from the State’s coffer.

    The Public Office Holders Pension law or
    Political Office holders whatever it is called lacks moral, ethical and
    good governance justification. We can’t yet phantom why an erstwhile
    political office holder who presented himself for public office on the
    assumed inspiration of serving the people, would now design a life after
    office that directly competes with his time in office. Do we then
    assume that life after office for the Governor and his Deputy is a
    substantive office of State?

    So, what then would be the situation in
    another 50 years, going forward, calculating on assumption of subsequent
    Governors spending two terms in office, translated, Lagos State would
    be burdened with the task of providing for eight former Governors and
    about 16 former Deputies. Where, as obtained now, a Deputy only gets to
    serve one term in office, now, the cost to the State purse won’t be less
    than 30% total value of State’s expenditure. Just on a few citizens of
    the State with questionable performance in office. Generations yet
    unborn will not forgive this!

    Lagosians must wake up. The
    ‘progressive’ APC CHANGE is moving towards giving its top functionaries
    the same luxurious out of service lifestyles of former Governors and
    their Deputies are enjoying at the expense of the masses.

    In particular, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and
    his Deputy are to earn the same 100% Basic Salary plus 100% of their
    Annual Basic Salary as Furniture Allowance, 20% for Utility, 25% for the
    Personal Assistants of their choice and 10% as Entertainment Allowance
    and another 10% Car Maintenance and House Maintenance. The State is also
    to provide a Residential House each for the Speaker and his Deputy at
    any location of their choice with a car each complemented with a
    pensionable driver.

    We specially frown at the ‘progressive’
    Lagos APC’s Speaker belligerence as he moves to secure this iniquitous
    pension for himself.

    Ever since Adeyemi Ikuforji became
    speaker of the State House of Assembly some seven years ago, Adeyemi
    Ikuforiji has consistently been housed at tax payers’ expense. For each
    term of his Speakership, he is allocated a residential building which he
    greedily converts to his use after the expiration of each term. The
    current term is his third as Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly and
    so he has three houses allocated to him for free by the State over the
    years. Isn’t it curious that despite all these criminal acquisitions,
    this Speaker is still desperate to continue abuse living on the
    resources of the people of Lagos State in perpetuity and shamelessly?

    The status report from the Speaker’s
    desperate bid to amend the Payment of Pensions law shows that it has
    passed the first reading, suggesting it would passed easily through the
    legislative process.

    We call this legislative stealing and
    demand the outright scrapping of this dubious law on the ground that it
    is elitist because it merely serves to sustain the life of opulence of
    affected former officers of State without concomitant contributions to
    the development of the State by these former officials and liabilities.

    Is this the meaning of PUBLIC SERVICE in
    the Dictionary of ‘progressive’ Lagos APC? Lagosians, this is an
    opportunity to arrest this executive/ legislative stealing and
    lawlessness. Lagosians still groan under the intensity of highly
    prohibitive taxes and this is how Lagos is ‘working’

    We will continue to question this
    profane use of executive and legislative powers to corner the resources
    of the State only to advance and sustain an ostentatious lifestyle.

    The notion of earning such humongous sum
    plus other material benefits out of office, in the midst of the huge
    crowd of poverty stricken Lagosians that wake up each day without any
    assurance of where the next meal will come from, is at the least,
    immoral, insensitive and callous! Yet ‘progressive’ Lagos is working!
    Fashola is working!!

    There is just no rationale for such
    provisions to be made for political office holders out of service. Let
    all political office holders be put on notice, we will mobilize
    Nigerians to resist this official affliction of the people by a few
    privileged ones. We know for certain that the reward for impressive
    service delivery by a political office holder is the generation of
    invaluable goodwill, that unquantifiable intangible currency that can
    buy so much in exchange of the appreciation and gratitude of a people
    well served. This is the essence of service to the people of Lagos
    State. Is this the ‘change’ that they talk about or a sacrilegious irony
    for protagonists of ‘change’ been caught in a scorching irony of
    hypocrisy and brazen looting of Lagos treasury? To us these
    ‘progressive’ APC change agents need thorough examination especially at a
    time like this when they have rented the airwaves, and many are being
    led gullibly to believe that they have the magic to solve all of
    Nigeria’s problems as they chant change slogan!

    OUTRAGEOUS & MIND BURLGLING LOOTING OF LAGOS STATE BY BOLA TINUBU & HIS CRONIIES

    Since the advertorial published in
    THISDAY of February 10, 2015 titled: Brazen Looting of Lagos Treasury,
    1999-2015 – which chronicled Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s massive wealth,
    monumental corruption, looting and gross abuse of office(extracts
    attached) nobody can claim alibi – not members of the CSOs, human rights
    community or any anti-corruption crusaders worth its salt in Nigeria
    and abroad, not even EFCC or ICPC even EFCC, about acts of corruption
    and fraud been perpetrated by Bola Ahmed Tinubu the former Governor
    Lagos state and his cronies, the so called proponent of ‘change’. We
    commit this advertorial to whoever may not yet be aware of this stack
    revelation or the gravity of allegations levelled for which any sane
    person continue to wonder whether it is really true that Bola Ahmed
    Tinubu owns all the property listed in the advertorial defrauding the
    state

    Again these allegations have been made
    into a documentary and currently been aired on Africa Independent
    Television (AIT), without a rebuttal from Tinubu or his spokesperson
    safe for subtle threat of legal action. Unbelievieably,upon the
    publication of the advertorial under reference and the documentary,
    neither has there been any reaction from Fashola who has carried on as
    if he owes nobody any explanation on how he has managed public resources
    entrusted in his care. Sad indeed! This is the way Lagos is
    working!!Fashola is working indeed!!!

    OUR POSITION

    We cannot be indifferent to these
    weighty allegations to the extent that calling for a 10 million
    man-match now to bring Tinubu and his cronies to book is not out of
    place as against orchestrated rented fake 1million man match to divert
    attention. Our self-appointed custodians of morality in the society,
    especially the so-called human rights community should not maintain
    deafening silence as if nothing is cooking. At this critical moment,
    Human rights organisations and CSOs committed to transparency and
    anti-corruption should not lose their voices, claim alibi or ignorance
    over this publication or documentary.

    In the circumstance, we demand immediate
    arrest and prosecution of Chief looter Bola Ahmed Tinubu for offences
    bothering on looting, gross abuse of office, stealing and
    misappropriation of public funds and properties all amounting to
    betrayal and committing Economic and Financial crimes against Lagos
    State

    All looted fund and public properties
    must be recovered from him and he should be punished with long term
    imprisonment to serve as a deterrent.

    In view of immunities being enjoyed by
    his close accomplice or partner in the crime, Babatunde Fashola, his
    international passport should be seized to prevent him from running away
    from justice. He should be arrested immediately for trial immediately
    after his expiration of his tenure as the governor of Lagos State

    APPEAL TO LAGOSIANS

    Definitely ‘progressive’ APC is not
    really the face of ‘change’ Lagosians desire but just a face of
    corruption and looting. The coming election provides the greatest
    opportunity for REAL CHANGE in Lagos State. The National Conscience
    Party, NCP, Government in Lagos State, the REAL CHANGE agent shall
    repeal this bogus governors’ pension and all other anti-peoples laws if
    voted into power. Vote NCP to put paid this continuous rape and stealing
    of the state resources. Vote NCP to end public looting and Corruption.
    For good governance and selfless service NCP is the Answer.

    LAGOSIANS SHINE YOUR EYES! FOR GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, VOTE FOR NCP!! AKELE IS THE ANSWER!!!

    Thank You ALL

    Comrade Ayodele Akele

    2015 Lagos State Governorship Candidate of NCP

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    EXTRACTS FROM THISDAY ADVERTORIALS & AIT DOCUMENTARY OF SOME OF WHAT TINUBU/FASHOLA ARE ACCUSSED OF APPROPRIATING!

    “The largest landlord in Lagos has done
    as he pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. To
    start with, No 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A
    5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the
    Lagos State governor’s guest house since 1979, now belongs to Tinubu.
    The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was
    signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he resumed
    office.

    “Tinubu’s residence at No 26 Bourdillon
    Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as an Oando Plc guest
    house. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds
    to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the
    property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the
    property back to him under the bogus Pension Act he signed into law
    shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600
    million.

    “The annex of the Lagos State Guest
    House in Asokoro, Abuja was bought by the state government in 2006 for
    N450 million, purportedly to protect the main house from a security
    breach. Shortly after Tinubu left office, the property was transferred
    to him under the pension plan he signed into law before leaving office.

    “The 250-hectare land valued at about
    N35billion and strategically located at the Ajah junction on Lekki road
    was initially meant for a general hospital for the people of Eti-Osa
    Local Government but was allegedly acquired by Tinubu and handed over to
    Trojan Estate Ltd – a company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu – to
    develop as Royal Garden Housing estate at the expense of the taxpayers
    of Lagos.

    “The 1,000 hectares of land valued at
    about N75billion located at Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local
    Government Area and given to Lekki Concession Company (LCC) which is
    allegedly partly-owned by Tinubu and Fashola and is being developed as a
    golf course and housing estate by Assets and Resource Management Ltd
    (ARM) as ADIVA project.

    “The prime land of 157 hectares with
    2.5km of Atlantic beachfront valued at about N10 billion and purportedly
    stolen by Tinubu from the communities of Siriwon, Igbekodo, Apakin, etc
    in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area and given to Ibukun Fakeye, his
    alleged crony to build a golf course and luxury villa with little or no
    compensation to the villagers. In addition, Tinubu was alleged to have
    to paid $20million (N3 billion) out of the public treasury to Ibukun
    Fakeye to commence the project in late 2006. Fashola has since released
    additional funding for this project, which is not owned by the state
    government.

    “The 14-hectare Parkview Ikoyi estate
    foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos state government is now purportedly
    owned by Tinubu. While in office, he purportedly allocated to himself
    the former Strabag yard beside the Lagos State secretariat at Alausa,
    Ikeja. The property has now been developed into a shopping mall as big
    as the Palms in Lekki. This is a public property brazenly stolen and now
    allegedly owned by Tinubu, aided by Fashola.

    “The choice property at Lekki-Epe road
    on which he built and owns the multi-billion naira Oriental Hotel and
    the extension of multi-level recreation centre by Mobil in Oniru Estate
    on Lekki-Epe road jointly owned with ARM and Tunji Olowolafe. All these
    assets valued at over N25 billion were allegedly obtained without paying
    a kobo to the Lagos State Government.

    Tinubu raised a loan of N4.7billion on
    Eko Akete project for which nothing was achieved before he turned around
    to sell the property to his Chagouri friends of Chagouri & Chagouri
    and Hitech Construction Ltd at a ridiculously low price at the expense
    of the taxpayers of Lagos. Tinubu applied to personally purchase the
    federal secretariat building while in office. When he couldn’t get to
    buy it, he directed Fashola to stop the eventual owner of the complex
    from developing it. The complex is presently wasting away, courtesy of
    the Lagos State Government.

    “It took several months of horse trading
    and underhand payments before Fashola could allow the new owners of
    1004 flats to redevelop the complex (Wole Babalakin). Several other
    buyers of federal government properties and developers of properties in
    Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Government Reservation Area, Ikeja were
    forced to succumb to the outrageous demands of Tinubu, Fashola,
    Commissioner Abosede and other officials.

    The Critical Care Unit of Lagos State
    University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, built and equipped with
    state funds, is now owned personally by Tinubu. He has put Dr. Sikiru
    Tinubu, (a supposed cousin of his) to run the outfit. It is run as a
    private unit and proceeds are pocketed by the duo…”

    • yousaidit

      Good write up, hit the point and let them know. But hear another one: Fasola says GEJ took all the policemen, does GEJ also call off all the shoppers that used to make nonsense noise all day in Lagos. However, what is GEJ even doing with KORO is expert? I thought he has got his way through another bribery of the nonsense Senators. Give him gun to face these robbers or his area of specialization in election ringing?

      Well good, APC are liars, everyday with lies, but don’t you think their are better managed. They come up with lies locally and do not put the country in deeper problem by lies even to Obama. The Americans accuse the Nigerian officials of lying that they (Americans) endorsed the postponement of the elections, PDP has now perfected their own ways of embarrassing the country further by committing even more genocides outside the country. If i will take, it is likely easier to manage problem in the home than the one that has got the the market. Yoruba says, when a mad person enter the market, such cannot be heal again. PDP has so much perfect in lies and defacing Nigerians to the extent of telling a lie against the innocent King of small Moroco.

      • Okey

        I merely posted what a Lagosian, Comrade Ayodele Akele wrote so that Nigerians can see better what APC and its ring-leaders mean when they chorus “CHANGE!” However, if you have not read my opinion here on Koro’s confirmation by the Senare, here is it as follows:

        I am one such person that insists on holding politicians up to their claimed standard. I am also one who insists that ours should not be of “One Nation, Two Moralities” (apologies to Shaka Momodu). How do I mean ? We seem suddenly to have relapsed into inexplicable amnesia with regard to the political contest for occupation of the office of the Governor of Ekiti State. We seem to have forgotten even our present history in that regard. But I refuse to be duped by by APC media and propaganda machine that Ayo Fayose’s second coming is not one of its kind. Certainly, it is one of its kind.

        Now, let’s for the purpose of argument hold that the allegation against Obanikoro and co. is true, is it not another Ekitigate – the SECOND Ekitigate, properly speaking ? Then, which Ekitigate is the anti-Obanikoro now referring to ? Is it the one that brought in Kayode Fayemi and properly Speaking the FIRST Ekitigate – through the Salamic judgments – which facts were revealed and displayed by Engr. Segun Oni himself and which call logs are there with the relevant GSM service provider and which judgment has remained a dent not only on the image of the judiciary but in the mind of anybody with conscience ? Or, is it the one that brought in Fayose allegedly through Army intervention – the SECOND Ekitigate ?

        Where were these anti-Obanikoro puritans at the time of FIRST Ekitigate ? Should we act only on one and go to sleep on the other ? And which immorality or illegality will they choose to condemn ? Which immorality or illegality will they condone ? Their feign of ignorance on the FIRST Ekitigate whilst running amok on the SECOND presents the highest degree of dishonesty to be associated with decent human beings.

        If there is SECOND Ekitigate (Fayose’s), there IS equally FIRST Ekitigate (Kayode Fayemi’s). We cannot pretend lack of knowledge of the FIRST. To do so is to confirm that our own dishonesty is more grievous and more deleterious to the Nigerian society than that of the participants in the First and Second Ekitigate gates. I insist we must visit both with our “righteous anger.” While we look and listen to tapes of the SECOND, we MUST equally read the call logs and listen to the voices in the FIRST. Otherwise, we are all grand 419ers.

  • richkid

    Two dry ageing bones want to rule Nigeria. Living ancestors. GEJ will defeat you again. GEJ all th way

  • Investigator

    Raji Fashola:

    Really? Within few hours you already investigated, tested all intelligence,
    and, knew that Jonathan in Abuja was responsible for violent robbery in
    Lekki (Lagos)? Wonderful! But how come since December 2014 you did
    NOT have the same ‘sense’ to ask or hint the whereabouts of this
    burning question of the moment on which the March 28 election depends:

    • emmanuel

      The APC was caught off Guard on this robbery. They always managed the press to make it seem as if Lagos was very safe.

      All violent crimes in Lagos never got to the press.

      Bunch of useless, greedy and crooked men and women who find pleasure in lies an ddeceit.

      Awolowo would have ruled Nigeria if this formula is accepted here.

      Their lies will always fall to the ground,yet they continue with their model.

      • yousaidit

        I do not know what Fasola is saying here, does GEJ also call off all the shoppers that used to make nonsense noise all day in Lagos. Good, APC are liars, everyday with lies, but don’t you think their are better managed. They come up with lies locally and do not put the country in deeper problem by lies even to Obama. The Americans accuse the Nigerian officials of lying that they (Americans) endorsed the postponement of the elections, PDP has now perfected their own ways of embarrassing the country further by committing even more genocides outside the country. If i will take, it is likely easier to manage problem in the home than the one that has got the the market. Yoruba says, when a mad person enter the market, such cannot be heal again. PDP has so much perfect in lies and defacing Nigerians to the extent of telling a lie against the innocent King of small Moroco.

  • warry

    Is there anyone still in doubt that Buhari and his APC is indeed clueless. All that they can offer Nigerians is blackmail, hypocrisy, lies,propaganda,half truths,deceit,misinformation, repeated lies,etc. How come a robbery operation in a state is now attributed to Jonathan within minutes of its occurrence. Indeed appearance and propaganda could be very deceptive

    • Hugo

      You are very correct my dear, i am personally very disappointed on fashola. by status and position he should have known better,atleast to differentiate politics from reality.How dare fashola blame jonathan for robbery that took place in his state, where he is the chief executive and chief security office.Let him go and find out from the past governors of anambra state Mr Ngige his friend,Mr Peter Obi and present Chief Willie Obiano if it was president goodluck jonathan that has gone to anambra to fight insecurity for them.It is very unfortunate that this kind of low comment is coming from the person of fashola who is suppose to be a role model.Too bad.

  • felix

    D PROBLEM WITH D JONATHANIANS AND THEIR BLIND SUPPORTERS IS THEIR REFUSAL 2 ACCEPT D TRUTH AS IT WERE SHAME ON DIS GOVERNMENT< MAY D ALMIGHTY GOD SWEEP U AWAY COME 28 MARCH

  • emmanuel

    Fashola has been caught up with insanity. Have you seen the lame duck go to work before? Did Police give Buhari protection? Where the Gun Boats deployed to protect Jonathan? Would Fashola say the Security agencies should leave him unprotected if he were the President? Has Fashola attended any event lately without advance security or immediate protection?

    Fashola is gone man and now behave live an Idumota alaye!

    Buhari is already used to the late Yar Adua style of managing to attend only one function in a day, while Turai took over from around 7.00pm. In this case it is Tinubu who takes over

  • Jonathan

    I support Buhari and Fashola in general, but this is not a fair accusation. That said, this is another example of how a Federal police system does not work. The Presidency should not be able to command the police of a state. Fashola should have had full control to allocate police resources as necessary. And this should be an example to other states – You can’t divert your entire police presence to protect the President. You must fight it whenever the Presidency requests it.

    • Amiee

      Pls shut up, you tribalistic bigot. State police indeed so that Tinubu can finally use it to control the ball-less indigenes of Lagos state who allow a single man to make the state allocations his personal sitting room.
      As for Fashola, the little respect i have for you have completely disappeared. I never knew in a million years that you could stoop so low. Is this what you will tell the families of the people who lost their lives? Is Jonathan’s fault??? Really??
      His excellency let me help you. What you should have said is ‘I condone with the families of the deceased. The state will do everything in its power to fish out the perpetuators if this and make sure they are brought to face the law, Justice must be done!

      • Jonathan

        Hahahaha! I’m the furthest thing from tribalistic. In fact, it’s obvious to me that GEJ supporters are tribalist clowns, as they are almost always from the SS or SE.

        Now to your points. My advocacy for state police is not just about Lagos. Use your brain. It is about the general principle that each state should have some degree of autonomy. Police in Nigeria has been worthless for decades because it is centralized and mismanaged by the Federal government. Even Dame Patience was able to command Rivers state police, against the wishes of the Governor. What kind of madness is that? Until we can trust in the center, we must decentralize as much as possible. Give power to the states. Let them compete. If the Governor of Abia does a good job and equips the police, more Nigerians will move there. The smaller the unit, the better the performance, because the smaller the unit, the closer they are to the people. The local government level is closer to the people than the Federal govt, etc. State Governors have a better sense of problem areas than the Federal Government, and commissioners of police.

        If Tinubu or someone else starts to use state police for politics, the PEOPLE should vote them out or move against them. Regardless, it is easier to hold people accountable at the state level than at the federal. You should focus on the general principle, not just a one-off example. The presence of corrupt people at the state level does not negate the idea that it is better for states to control police. What about the massive corruption at the Federal level, with GEJ allowing all kinds of corrupt madness?

        “I never knew in a million years that you could stoop so low”

        What the hell are you talking about? Fashola has many supporters. He has done a decent job even though he has his faults. Nothing low about supporting him in general.

        And I’m not sure you can read because I clearly stated that his accusation towards GEJ was NOT FAIR. READ IT AGAIN.

        That’s how an objective person reasons. I can support Fashola in general, but criticize him on this subject. He should NOT have brought politics into it.

        Lastly, do you know what “condone” means? Please look it up, because that statement you proposed makes you sound like someone that didn’t complete secondary school.

  • THE LAW

    I have a lot of respect for Fashola because he has always demonstrated fair minded and objectivity at least as much as we know evidenced by his public comments and demeanor on issues, including his policies.
    However, this particular statement from him ascribing blame of the armed robbery to Jonathan’s visit in the state cannot be said to be apolitical. Fashola is the chief security officer in Lagos State, how does “taking away police” a factor in a brazen broad day robbery”. How does a 12 group of armed bandit terrorize the Lekki area in broad day light?
    Did Jonathan also take away the speed boat that was said to have been procured and equipped with the most modern technology?
    DId Fashola hear the police saying that a call was not made to them on time. Does anyone know why they did not receive the call on time?
    Fashola’s statment does not proffer a viable solution to this type of problem. Rather, he should continue to work very hard with the private sector and with the Federal Govt in enabling the police!

  • soulchild

    As long as the majority of the citizens are illiterate, semi illiterate , hungry and unenlightened, all this is just story.

    A hungry man can’t reason through this and recognize that he has rights. He’ll give his vote in exchange for a loaf of bread and a bottle of coke. The Nigerian politician will rather keep them begging for crumbs.

    Alas, there lies the problem. People are too impoverished and hungry to think. Sad indeed!!!!