Lagos – The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) a
socio-cultural organisation, has called on the Lagos State Government to
constitute a judicial enquiry into the ethnic clashes that engulfed Mile 12
The skirmishes left four people dead and properties worth
millions of Naira was destroyed in the area last week.
ARG Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said the
government could not rely solely on police investigation of the crisis because
the police’s approach allegedly lacked objectivity and was biased.
"In our view therefore, only a judicial enquiry can
produce the kind of recommendations and shift-change that will engender
peaceful and sustainable cohabitation in that area of the state," Famoriyo said.
The official claimed ARG was aware of several attempts to
downplay the incident through conciliatory approaches aimed at getting victims
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"ARG notes that
Nigeria’s history is replete with several of such ‘move-ons’ and that is why
such calamities are recurring.
"A different approach is needed so that we stop
planting evil seeds that will germinate into abominable trees in the nearest
ARG therefore called on Lagos to constitute a judicial
panel to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the mayhem.
"ARG also notes that Lagos State’s regulatory policy on
Okada as a means of commercial transportation is not implementable and
therefore calls for a total ban of motorcycle as a means of transportation in
the state," Famoriyo said.
More than 100 suspects were arrested after the mayhem but
32 have been charged with public violence.
They have secured bail to the tune of N200 000 each.
The trial resumes on April 7.
The market remains closed.
- CAJ News