Human rights activists and Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has described the Wednesday’s increase in the pump price of petrol from N86.50 to N145.00 as illegal and contemptuous.
“In view of the illegality, insensitivity and immorality of the price increase, the Federal Government should cancel it, revert to the status quo and consult widely with all relevant stakeholders in the society”, he advised.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday and titled, “The illegality, immorality and insensitivity of fuel price increase”, Falana justified his view that the increase was illegal.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria cited the case of Bamidele Aturu versus Attorney-General of the Federation (unreported suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/591/2009) where the Federal High Court declared illegal and unconstitutional, the policy decision of the Federal Government to deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, contrary to the combined effect of the provisions of the Price Control Act and the Petroleum Act.
He lamented that in total defiance of the said order of the federal high court, the Federal Government went ahead to deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
Although the Minister of State, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, while justifying the new policy regime, claimed that “PPPRA has informed me that it will be announcing a new price band effective today, 11th May, 2016 and that the new price for PMS will not be above N145 per litre”, Falana pointed out that since the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), which is statutorily empowered to recommend the price of petroleum products, has not been reconstituted, the unilateral decision of the Executive Secretary of the body to fix the pump price at N145 per litre is ultra vires and illegal in every material particular.
The lawyer further recalled that barely a month ago, Dr. Kachikwu had announced that fuel subsidy had been removed through his ingenuity and that while celebrating the “success” recorded by him in the management of the petroleum industry, he disclosed that “Nigeria was saving $1 billion in subsidy removal and $1 billion in fuel importation”.
Mr. Falana also recalled the minister as saying that “for the first time, our refineries are ready to work now that crude has been pumped from Brass to Port Harcourt”.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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