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Ambode Promises Release Of Government White Paper On LFTZ Boss Killing


By Ayo Balogun

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has promised that the Government White Paper on the civil disturbances that occurred at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) on October 12, 2015 which led to the killing of the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investment Company, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu, would soon be released.

Governor Ambode, who spoke while commissioning electrification project in 67 communities in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state, said no meaningful development could thrive in atmosphere devoid of peace, and as such the people should shun all acts that could lead to break down of law and order.

The late Disu was killed during his official visit to one of the villages within the zone.

Specifically, Disu was said to be resolving a land dispute between members of Okunraye community and some private companies embarking on various massive projects within the LFTZ.

Governor Ambode, it would be recalled, had set up a five-man Panel of Inquiry chaired by a retired judge of the Lagos State High Court, Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, to look into the remote causes of the civil disturbances, and recommend steps to be taken to permanently resolve the issues connected to the clash.

Justice Olateru-Olagbegi said that the tribunal received 22 memoranda and had 33 witnesses, while 24 recommendations were made.

According to him, the LFTZ has vast potentials to transform the economic landscape of the state in terms of job creation and revenue generation, among others.

Speaking on the planned release of government white paper, Governor Ambode appealed to residents of the State to continue to live together in peace and avoid any act that might result to loss of lives and wanton destruction property.

He said: “I also make a special appeal to you all especially our community leaders for your cooperation to allow development to come to your communities.

“The disturbances we have had at the Lekki Free Trade Zone are not acceptable as we must join hands together to allow peace to reign.

“A government white paper into the panel of inquiry into the recent civil disturbances will soon be released,” Governor Ambode promised..

The Governor also said himself and his team would soon commence a tour of all the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas of the State, in May to inspect and commission projects.

Ambode assured that he would also utilize the opportunity of the tour to listen to community leaders, adding that his administration remained committed to run an all-inclusive government.

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