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#EndSARS: Fashola discovers strange camera at Lekki Tollgate, Nigerians react

During an on the spot assessment of the scene of last week’s Lekki shootings, Babatunde Fashola discovered a hidden camera.

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The Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday, discovered a hidden camera at the Lekki Toll Gate, Admiralty Circle, Lagos, during an on the spot assessment.

Fashola, who led a Federal Government delegation at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and destruction of public and private assets in the violence that rocked the state last week, noted that words are not enough to describe the level of destruction wreaked by the arsonists.

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Some of those in the Federal Government’s entourage include Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister for Mines and Industries, Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister for Trade and Investments, Niyi Adebayo, Minister of State for Health Olorunnibe Mamora; Minister for Sport and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare; and Minister of State for Niger Delta, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura.

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Also, on the entourage for the inspection tour in the company of the press are some South-West Governors such as Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state; Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State; Seyi Makinde, Oyo State; and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State.

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Fashola who discovered the camera during an on the spot assessment at the Lekki Toll Gate, subsequently, handed it over to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for forensic analysis and further investigation.

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The former Lagos State Governor said the camera must have been planted by some subversive elements prior to the reported shootings for ulterior motives.

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While handing over the camera to Sanwo-Olu after picking it up with the aid of a handkerchief, Fashola said, “I think this will help with the ongoing investigations into the shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate. It requires forensic analysis and could be used in the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the shootings at the Toll Gate, I believe.”

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However, some Nigerians have expressed reservations over the discovery. They believe it’s just an act put up by government officials to cover up for the shooting incident at the Lekki Tollgate.

A Twitter user Editi Effiong said the minister thinks we are stupid.

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Aproko doctor asked for the footage from the CCTV which many believe has been taken away.

Another Twitter user believes that this is part of the plan to doctor the video of the events that happened that night.

Olanrewaju found it strange that Fashola could discover the mysterious camera days after the cleaning up of the location by LAWMA, who didn’t discover anything.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Fuzzy dunlop

    October 26, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    When did fashola become sherlock holmes

    • Anonymous

      October 27, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Just imagine how this old men came up with crab as if all the citizens are fools all of a sudden after days of the shooting Mr Fashola found a camera it is not even hidden my God that means they are all included in the plan and they still want us to believe in the on going investigation.nonsense

    • chibueze ughonu

      October 27, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Hahaha naija

    • Kenny don

      October 27, 2020 at 11:13 am

      Enough of all these arrant nonsense. What do these old fools take Nigeria youths for? I think they are very old and senile.., Lunatics!

  2. tope

    October 26, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    I think we are still allowing our emotions to get a part of us. Nigeria media (both self and social) allowing themselves to be distracted. That camera is too obvious to be planted at that scene. Be focus on the issue. That camera cannot be admitted during the judicial preceding. Because the scene has been cleaned up.

  3. Abimbola Kumapayi

    October 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Its extremely difficult to say what was discovered was not a ploy for further cover up, because Fasola led group are not the first of delegate that attended and inspected it, how come hes now discovering what others had not.Could this be a trap or a political expediency

  4. Samdee

    October 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Playing upon people’s intelligence does not make you to be intelligent.

  5. Otis

    October 26, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Who did we Wrong in this Country.
    They think we are Fools like them. Smart Minister, without wasting time he Discovered a Hidden Camera.

    YEYE

  6. Olukayode Makinde

    October 26, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    It’s not only an insult on Nigerians that Fashola suddenly discovered a spurious camcorder, but for him to be so sure it’s a subversive element reveals the ploy. Guy’s a big disappointment.

  7. Uncle Sam

    October 26, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    For God’s sake, Oga Fashola you didn’t feel anyhow to tell Nigerians that you discovered, found and picked a some sort of secret camera after the entire place was cleaned for two days? So all evidence is now on this your camera?

  8. Idemudia

    October 26, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    This our leaders think there are wisdom’s but they are fooling thereself

  9. Michael Oyewole Babalola

    October 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Babatunde don’t spoil the admirable general moral you have been preserving even beyond Lagos territory, with this political game.
    This is a digital world, the analogue world of political game wheels have past far far. Be careful boss. You people should just apologize and re- strategize policies,if Possible people can still have interest in the party.

    • Anonymous

      October 27, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Enough of all these arrant nonsense. What do these old fools take Nigeria youths for? I think they are very old and senile.., Lunatics!

  10. Anonymous

    October 26, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Fashola is not stupid but his generations born and unborn pray for death and will not find it. So also the president buhari and his generations, the senators and their generations. You have not seen anything when the second wave comes soon. All of you will be headed like it was done in Liberia. Useless government.

  11. Iroh Daniel

    October 26, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    You may be able to fool some people sometimes but you can’t fool everyone all the time. Nigerians are not daft. We are not stupid as those in government think. When did Fashola become an investigator to discover hidden camera. Judgment day is coming.

  12. Anonymous

    October 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    This is a game of mind, that’s what they are trying to play… They will say fashola found the camera and they investigated and found out that those in the military uniforms weren’t Nigerian Military personnel’s or they will want to impose fashola on the people as their next “PRESIDENTIAL” aspirant

  13. LEMMY JONES

    October 27, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Fasola and the rest of his co- conspirators to turn the table around on their stupidly rushed decision to kill now think suddenly they found a hidden camera wao wao Fasola step back if not the blood of those that the lagos install governor killed will be on your head and your generation let him carry his curse not you step back and STOP LYING PLEASE.

    • Anonymous

      October 27, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      This old men with thier awkward brains this is what they can come up with heekwa

  14. Anonymous

    October 27, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Fuck Nigeria….. Endsars and end Nigeria

  15. Bobby k

    October 27, 2020 at 8:30 am

    It’s a shame this is what they can come up with someone has suggested that all of this old politicians brain need assessment.

  16. Innoman

    October 27, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Tell me a continent that you can pick up a camera with a handkerchief while trying not to contaminate it with your dna

  17. Chris Agbons

    October 28, 2020 at 3:13 am

    Who is fooling who here? Cover up designed by evil men. He hasn’t got the right to pick such camera if he hasn’t got clues. Only forensic police has the right to pick such camera. These old fashioned politicians in Nigeria will never repent.
    Has any Nigerian politician ever resigned of allegation? Fake enquiries.

  18. Curtis Bamson

    October 28, 2020 at 6:56 am

    1. A camera that the fire did not destroy.
    2. A camera that the stampede and commotion did not damage or remove from position.
    3. A camera that the cleanup crew did not discover.
    4. A camera that waited for the dishonourable minister to find.

    And the minister came prepared with a handkerchief.

    The impunity of some people.

    When such leaders think of well-thought lies, it means that they respect us a little but when they tell such stupid, unbelievable, childish, silly and unsolicited lies it means that have neither respect nor regard for the people.

  19. Segun Ojo

    October 28, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    The word foolish is under statement, this a disgrace to a nation, who plant the camera and he will not carry his camera what a disgrace to their intellect

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu gifts families of slain police officers N10 million each

Governor Sanwo-Olu has compensated the families of slain police officers with the sum of N10 million each.

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The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has brought respite to the families of police officers killed during the violence witnessed in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

According to the disclosure on the Twitter page of the Lagos State Government, the families were handed a cheque of N10 million each and the children of the slain officers awarded scholarships by the government.

What they are saying: Commenting on the recent development, a tweet by the Lagos State Government read thus: “Governor @jidesanwoolu handing over a cheque of 10 million naira each to the families of police officers who lost their lives during the unrest that followed the EndSARS protest and awarding scholarship to their children.’’

Why this matters: The recent effort by the Governor is in fulfillment of the promise he had earlier made to compensate affected victims of the post-EndSARS protest which led to the loss of lives and valuable properties both in the state and the country at large.

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The compensation will be viewed by serving officers as a motivation, aimed at promoting patriotism, loyalty, commitment and dedication to national service.

What you should know

  • Lagos State Government had earlier set up a N200 million fund for victims of police brutality
  • As a follow-up, Nairametrics had earlier reported that Lagos State Government offered scholarships to children of slain police officers.

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#EndSARS: Protest hijack was catalysed by fake news – Lai Mohammed

The hijack of #EndSARS protests was catalysed by fake news and disinformation, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has said.

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Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has claimed that the hijack of the #EndSARS protests was catalysed by fake news and disinformation, which spread like wildfire on social media.
The Minister disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting with members of the broadcasting organizations of Nigeria (BON) on Friday in Abuja.

He said, “The violence that resulted from the hijack of the #EndSARS protest was catalysed by fake news and disinformation, which spread like wildfire on social media. And this did not come to us as a surprise. As far back as 2017, we had been raising the alarm on the risks posed by fake news and disinformation.
“That year, we devoted the National Council on Information to the issue of fake news, hate speech, and disinformation. The following year, in 2018, we launched the national campaign against fake news and disinformation, partnering with a number of print and electronic media organizations.
 
“Ladies and gentlemen, social media was used to guide arsonists and looters to certain properties, both public and private, during the #EndSARS violence. Then, pictures of persons, including some celebrities and even non-Nigerians, who were supposedly killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers, were circulated widely, only for those persons to refute such claims.
 
“This brings me to the issue of social media regulation. You must have heard about the hoopla this issue has generated in the media. Well, I want to confirm that we will definitely act to ensure a responsible use of social media. You may call that regulation.
He added that the FG had no plans to stifle press freedom in Nigeria and had no intention of shutting down the internet.
 
“This government has no plan to stifle free speech, neither do we have any intention of shutting down the internet. Social media has come to stay, and those who use it responsibly have nothing to fear.
“But we cannot give the same assurance for those who weaponize social media. By the way, the issue of regulating social media content is generating debate around the world, so Nigeria is not an exception,” he said.
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Nairametrics reported earlier this month that Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government had no plans of shutting down social media, but must regulate it to prevent the spread of hate speech.

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#EndSARS Sanctions: Nigeria has reached out to the UK Government – Foreign Minister

Onyeama has stated that the FG has reached out to the UK Government over the parliamentary debate on the #EndSARS protests.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said that the Nigerian Government has reached out to the UK Government over the parliamentary debate on the #EndSARS protests.

The Minister disclosed this to Newsmen at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Thursday, which was recorded by Channels TV.

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He added that the UK Parliament did not speak for the UK government, and that the UK had heard the Nigerian government’s side regarding the incident at Lekki.

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“On the issue of the UK parliament, yes, we have reached out to the UK government on this question. The meeting that took place was of Parliamentarians, they don’t speak for the UK government and the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom has also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that happened.

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“So we are in touch with them and engaging with them. But, of course, as in any democracy, the Members of Parliament are able to also air their views, but what is important is that a balanced picture is made available to them all before they take any decision,” Onyeama said.

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Nairametrics reported earlier this week that the British Parliament had announced it would consider a petition by some groups and individuals, asking it to apply sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials for alleged human rights violations during the #EndSARS protest and Lekki shooting incident.

Also, the presidency earlier disclosed that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, had a meeting with the UK Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs, Nick Dyer, accompanied by the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria.

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