Ebun Francis| Scepticism has continued to trail Sunday’s discovery of a camera at the Lekki Tollgate, the scene of last Tuesday’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters by security operatives by former Lagos state governor and minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Fashola found the device while on tour of the scene of the shooting with ministers and governors from the south-west who were on-the-spot assessment of some of the places vandalised during the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.
According to Fashola, the camera must have been planted by “some subversive elements”.
He later picked up the device with a handkerchief and handed it over to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos.
“I think this will help with the ongoing investigations into the shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate. It requires forensic analysis and could be used in the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the shootings at the Toll Gate, I believe,” noted the man who governed Lagos between 2007 and 2015.
But many Nigerians took to the social media to dispute the discovery by Fashola.
According to them, the camera must have been planted by the government to serve a predetermined end.
On Monday, ‘Fashola’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ trended on Twitter with many wondering how the minister discovered a camera at the toll plaza despite the burning of the tollgate and the cleaning of the area by officials of the Lagos Waste Management Authority.
Also on Monday, human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), faulted the supposed discovery of a video camera recorder by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), at the Lekki toll plaza.
In a statement, Adegboruwa said since the state government had established an independent panel of inquiry to investigate what transpired at the tollgate, the panel should be allowed to do its work.
The statement read in part, “Since the panel has been vested with jurisdiction over the Lekki toll plaza, I verily believe that it is illegal for anyone else to conduct any visit to the said Lekki toll plaza in the absence of and without the authority and consent of the panel.
“It was reported that in the course of the visit, the former governor of Lagos State and the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), discovered a hidden camera, which he took. This is a clear case of illegally tampering with exhibits that may become useful to the panel in the course of its assignment.
“I appeal to the Governor of Lagos State to allow the panel the full autonomy and independence that was promised at the time of inauguration. It is contempt of the panel for anyone to usurp the powers of the panel in the way that has been reported.”