March 29, 2023

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed content of the CCTV footage installed at the Lekki Toll-Gate. The Governor of Lagos revealed this during an interview on CNN’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson on Monday.

“From the footage that we could see, it seems to be…there would be men in military uniform, who should be Nigerian Army or something,” Gov. Sanwo-Olu had said initially but the presenter probed further and the Governor gave a second reply, “Yes, they were there. That’s what the footage shows.” He said.

The Governor described the incident as “extremely unimaginable” and assured that the State Government will make the CCTV footage available to the state’s judicial panel of enquiry investigating the case.

The Governor’s words: “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,” He said.

The Governor also added, “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 restitutions, where families can prove and indentify 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.”

When asked by Anderson if he and the president were compelled by International pressure to speak on protesters, the Governor replied, “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.”

“I genuinely believe there would be 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 realising 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.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu assured the #ENDSARS protesters that the two weeks protest will yield positive change in the country. He concluded.

Priscilla Irems

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