Lagos rejects FOI request for Lekki shooting CCTV
November 6, 2020
Lagos State Government has rejected a Freedom of Information request for the CCTV footage of the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020.
This is contained in a letter written by Deyemi Bamgbose on behalf of the Attorney-General of Lagos State.
A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, had written a letter to the state government last week invoking the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
However, in a response dated November 3, 2020 titled: ‘Re: Urgent Request Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2011’, the state government said it could not make the CCTV footage available because the FoI Act is a federal law and doesn’t apply to states.
The government also cited a 2018 Court of Appeal judgement to back its claim.
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