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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Fashola really thinks we are stupid.
— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) October 25, 2020
Aproko doctor asked for the footage from the CCTV which many believe has been taken away.
Where is the footage from the CCTV at the Lekki Toll Gate?
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) October 25, 2020
Another Twitter user believes that this is part of the plan to doctor the video of the events that happened that night.
Heard Fashola discovered a mysterious camera today, so a doctored video will be released in the coming days. These people are VERY wicked and they will all pay for the evil done. #EndSARS #LekkiMassacre
— #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality (@TheRealHydee) October 25, 2020
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.
Leave Arise TV, let's say they weren't interested in finding evidence. LAWMA has cleaned that place for 2 days, they didn't find no camera. I passed through that place on Saturday, looked all round seeing the damage. All of a sudden, agent Fashola found a camera ? ? ?
— Olanrewaju (أولانريواجو) (@larenx_real) October 25, 2020