Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor, has described the killings of peaceful protesters by alleged men of the Nigerian Military, as coming from forces beyond his control.
The Tuesday evening attack on demonstrators at the Lekki Toll Gate has reportedly left over a dozen dead and others in critical conditions. This is coming after sponsored thugs failed to drive the protesters demanding police reforms out of the streets.
In a statement Tuesday night, the governor he will deliver a state-wide broadcast on Wednesday.
“This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger,” the governor said.
“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki. It has taken me this long to make a statement because I have to prioritize the welfare of the victims of this very sad incident.
“There are currently 10 patients at the Gen Hospital, 11 at Reddington and 4 at Vedic; with mild to moderate levels of injuries while 2 are receiving intensive medical care. 3 patients have been discharged & we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.
“As the Governor of our state, I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents.
“I will give a state broadcast in the morning,” he added.
Meanwhile the Twitter handle of the Nigerian Army has described the incident where live rounds were opened on protesters as fake news.
Be Aware!!! pic.twitter.com/pby5mHqmX1
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) October 20, 2020