Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, shed light on the state government’s decision to appeal in the Supreme Court, the Major Hamza Al Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan’s acquittal by the Appeal Court over the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, saying the state places premium on human lives.
Meantime, Fashola , while condemning the alleged barricade of the Rivers State Government House, Port-Harcourt, by the police to prevent Governor Rotimi Amaechi from gaining access to the house, described the act as a breach of fundamental human right to movement.
The governor, who spoke at the commemoration of his 2,300 days in office, held at the Lagos Television Ground, justified the appeal decision, noting that the government acted on agitation of the people.
In attendance were a former military administrator of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu; a former deputy governor of the state, Mrs. Sarah Sosan; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; among other dignitaries.
“The first report is in respect of the verdict of acquittal of Major Al Mustapha for charges of conspiracy and murder by the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which has generated some mixed reactions,” Fashola said.
“Because our Constitution permits a further appeal to the Supreme Court, and because we place the highest premium on every human life and because the families of the victims deserve every right to agitate the matter to the final court, just as the accused would have been entitled, your government has appealed on behalf of the people to the Supreme Court”.
On Lagos students performance in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), he said that 21,193 students of the 51,604 who sat for examination scored credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
He said the performance translated into 41.06 per cent pass rate, adding it was an improvement on the 39 per cent recorded in 2012.