Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the Lagos State Government would ensure that anyone found culpable in last Tuesday’s shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza would be held accountable for their actions.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State Government, after the Governor’s interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson.
In the interview with CNN, the Governor said, “We will be committed to a full investigation of what happened and people would be held accountable. They certainly would be held accountable. We would do everything possible to ensure that they are held accountable.
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“People have claimed that their friends and family members have been killed. So, this Judicial Panel of Enquiry is meant to bring all of these stories to accountability; where we can make restitution, where families can prove and identify officers that were responsible for this.
“I am not the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am Governor of a State. The report would be out and we would channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the state to ensure that every one that is found culpable is accountable for the act.”
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He added that there was no international pressure on Nigerian leaders to investigate the Lekki incident, and he had met the #EndSARS protesters. He also acknowledged that the protests were legitimate.
“There are no international pressures whatsoever. These are genuine protesters that we all believe and we all have knowledge about. I was the first governor among governors, with due respect to all my other colleagues, who came out to meet with them, who started from the front. I carried the EndSARS flags with them. I met with them twice and we all had the rally together and worked together,” he said.
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Sanwo-Olu also said that the investigations would be a catalyst for positive change of Governance, and he saw it as a wake-up call for those in power.
“I genuinely believe there would be a change for two reasons. One, what has happened, especially in Lagos is extremely unimaginable. Number two is that it was a clarion call for all of us in government, especially understanding and realizing what the youths truly want us to be doing. So, it hit all of us like a thunderbolt and it was just a wake-up call,” he said.
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What you should know
Nairametrics reported last week that several social media accounts had revealed that peaceful protesters were allegedly being shot at by the military at the Lekki toll holdout. The Nigerian Army, however, denied deploying soldiers to attack #EndSARS protesters who assembled at the Lekki Toll Plaza.
The Lagos State Government ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting that was allegedly done by some men of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday evening. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had also stated that Lagos State would not burn on his watch, as he tried to calm things down after hoodlums wreaked havoc post-Lekki shootings, and announced that the Judicial panel set up by the state would include the incident at Lekki toll gate.
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The Lekki incident has gotten the world’s attention, with the Governor and other members of government admitting that there were casualties as a result of the incident. The onus is on the Federal Government to ensure the recommendations of the state judicial panels are properly executed after they submit their reports.
Gov.Olu.Seriously I want to let you know there is a heaven and earth the both have their duty to humanity.guess what you are on one call earth and can swallow you any time for your evil decision who ever push you to order the killings of innocent peaceful protesters has your key to your investigation while you are looking into the eyes of millions of lagosian and juicely lying to them start the investigation by holding yourself frist to BOOK.YOU HAVE SIN AGAINST HUMANITY AND GOD.BE WISE.
All d episode just read above r meaningless until all d politicians return all looted money stocked abroad none of them have any right to demand anything from d people they talk and demand from us but carefully side tracked judgement on themselves if anyone is returning anything it’s got to be them first to return all looted money we’re not as gullible as u think bring back looted monies to bring all states to standard pls thks
Why are they looking for evidence when there are CCTV Cameras at the Lekki Toll gate? There are also evidences all over the internet. These guys think we are a bunch of fools. They called us “phone pressing generation”. We used the phone to record their evil. We must see the end of this evil
THE NIGERIAN POPULACE AND THE ENTIRE WORLD CAN’T BE DECEIVED, THE LEKKI SHOOTING WASN’T DONE BY THE GHOST, THEREFORE SOME MILITARY PERSONNEL AND SOME GOVERNMENT PERSONALITIES MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE LEKKI SHOOTING, WITHOUT WHICH THE ENDEMIC CORRUPTION IN NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH IS AMONG THE CAPITAL ISSUES THAT THE NIGERIAN YOUTHS ARE PROTESTING AGAINST IS YET UNCHANGED
If we bring Endstars to justice, what of the government’s Agent Provocatuers that instigated the attacks and mayhem.
What we need is True Reconciliation and not prosecution.