BREAKING: ‘We Have Original CCTV Footages Of Lekki Shooting, ‘ll Be Submitted To Judicial Panel,’ Gov Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, said on Thursday video footages of soldiers’ shooting at Lekki tollgate are intact and will be presented to the state’s newly constituted judicial panel on police brutality.
He stated this while guesting on ARISE TV Morning Show where he tended to several questions bordering on the widely condemned incident and his government’s actions to restore order in the state.
”Nobody ordered the removal of cameras at the Lekki tollgate. The MD of LCC said because of the curfew, they made the decision to take out installations,” he said.
”The cameras you saw are not security or motion cameras, they are laser cameras for vehicles. The security cameras are still available and we are using them for our security investigations.”
Video Of Protest Violence You Haven’t Seen
On Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on protesters who had converged on the tollgate to protest against police brutality.
The judicial panel was set up following protests against police brutality. It has already commenced sitting.
At least nine people were reported dead and 30 injured in the Tuesday incident.
But Governor Sanwo-Olu during a live broadcast Wednesday morning, denied the loss of any life in the incident despite gaping video evidence, saying the two protestors who suitained critical injuries were operated on and were stable.
He later announced the death of one of the protesters.
He tweeted: “Information reaching us now is that a life was lost at Reddington Hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head. It is an unfortunate and very sad loss.
“This is an isolated case. We are still investigating if he was a protester.
Lagos may ease curfew Friday
Sanwo-Olu also stated that the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state to curtail the arson and widespread violence that has ravaged the state may be eased by Friday.
The governor said the easing of the curfew was necessary for Lagos residents to restock food supplies and other essential commodities.
“Once we see the streets are cleared up and all the agitation and high nerves have gone down, we might slow down the curfew by tomorrow (Friday) or next tomorrow at the latest,” he said.
Lekki Shootings: Lagos govt can’t be exonerated -Okei-Odumakin
Two civil rights movements under the aegis of Women Arise and Centre for Change, have meanwhile warned that Nigeria may return to its pariah status in the comity of nations witnessed during the regime of late General Sani Abacha.
While mourning the victims of Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos by the military, the organizations said the Lagos State government cannot wash its hands clean of this massacre.
The LASG, the organisations said, must, therefore, immediately move to send the soldiers back to their barracks, allow access to medical treatment to the injured, and ensure the release of arrested youths.
The President of Women Arise and Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, made the condemnation in a statement titled, ‘A mindless massacre.’
She said, “The barbaric killing of protesting youths by the Nigerian Government cannot but shatter the heart of any sane human being with blood running in his or her veins.
“We are shattered! We are heartbroken! Together with the youths, we are in pains and in grief.
“But let us say it loud and clear: Conscionable Nigerians are not broken. We are not defeated.
“This ‘victory’ by the Nigerian despotic government masquerading as a democratic government is phyrric and shall soon turn to ashes in their mouth.
“It was so for Ibrahim Babangida when he executed (Mamman) Vatsa and the other so-called coup plotters against popular calls for clemency.
“It was so for Sani Abacha when he executed Ken Saro-Wiwa despite worldwide opposition.
“It will be no less even now because government was told loud and clear not to send soldiers after the youths!
“In these hours of grief, we stand with the Nigerian youths and demand that government stop the slaughtering of our youths immediately.
“They are our shining lights and the leaders of tomorrow. Their grievances were genuine; even government itself said so.
“They were peaceful until sponsored hoodlums broke into their ranks. They enjoyed not only countrywide but also worldwide support.
“Government’s strong arm tactics against them will, therefore, not only backfire but leave it reeling from its new status of a dictatorial regime.
“We should watch it lest this country relapse into a pariah state that it was under Abacha.
“The Lagos State government cannot wash its hands clean of this massacre. It must, therefore, immediately move to send the soldiers back to their barracks, allow access to medical treatment to the injured, and ensure the release of arrested youths.
“The families of the dead must be compensated and get justice, the wounded treated free of charge, and laws must now be made to henceforth prevent the use of soldiers in civil protests.
“Never again must the guns we procured for our safety and the soldiers we pay to protect us be unleashed on us and our children.”