Army responsible for Lekki Tollgate shooting, says Sanwo-Olu

By our reporter| Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday said footage from Tuesday’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate showed that the Nigerian Army is responsible for the shooting.

The shooting triggered an outrage that led to break down of law and order across the country.

The army has since denied responsibility for the shooting.

But speaking in an interview with CNN on Monday, Sanwo-Olu said the CCTV footage would be available to the state judicial panel probing brutality of security operatives.

He 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.”

“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 identify officers that were responsible for this.

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“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.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also dismissed suggestion that pressure from the international community forced President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the protests.

He continued, “There is 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 walked together.

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“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.”

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