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Monday, 23 April 2018

Ambode Unveils New 44-feet Of Late Legal Luminary Gani Fawehinmi Statue

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday unveiled a new statue of the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the ‘Liberty Park’, in Ojota, saying that the 44-feet edifice symbolises the phenomenon that the rights activist represented in his life time.


Unveiling of the statue, in commemoration of the 80th posthumous birthday of the late icon, the governor said it was an affirmation of his administration’s commitment to celebrate personalities whose action had helped to define the fortune and spirit of Lagos State positively over the years.

Eulogizing the relevance of the personal sacrifices made by Chief Gani Fawehinmi in leading the struggle for attainment of human rights and dignity especially during the military regimes which dehumanized many Nigerians, Ambode said the late human rights activist would continue to remain a hero and role model for many till date.

Chief Abdul-Ganiyu "Gani" Oyesola Fawehinmi , (born 22 April 1938 – died 5 September 2009) was a Nigerian author, well respected publisher, philanthropist, social critic, seasoned human and civil rights lawyer, politician and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) .

In 1986, while Chief Gani Fawehinmi was Dele Giwa 's Lawyer, the latter was killed in a bomb blast under suspicious circumstances.

As a result of his activities chief Gani Fawehinmi had been arrested, detained and charged to court several times. His international passport was seized on many occasions and his residence and Chambers were searched several times.

He was beaten up time after time and was deported from one part of the country to another to prevent him from being able to effectively reach out to the masses among whom he was popular. His books were confiscated by the Federal Military Government and his library at Surulere, a suburb of Lagos , were set ablaze. His law Chambers at Anthony Village, Lagos State, were invaded by persons suspected to be agents of the government. The guards were shot, two of them seriously wounded.

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Salako Saint's Stephen

Thank my Governor for remembering him

Endy Edeson

Stephen, is a well deserved honour

Yemisi Frank

the peoples lawyer

Christian Chukwuka Anamali

The late Gani Fawehinmi, remains my Nigerian hero...

Endy Edeson

Chukwu, sure, he was uncorruptible and was tall in his legal career

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