Ebun Francis| Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, who lost some choice properties to hoodlums who went on rampage in Lagos last week on Sunday explained why he did’nt ask for help from security operatives.
In a statement on Sunday, the former governor of Lagos state said he didn’t call for security assistant to stop “attackers” that razed The Nation Newspaper and Television Continental because he wanted to avoid bloodshed.
Hoodlums, had following the shooting of protesters in Lekki last Tuesday, massively looted shops and set fire to several public and private properties, including Television Continental and The Nation newspaper, both of which have been linked to Tinubu.
While Tinubu confirmed that he is a financier of The Nation and TVC, he, however, denied making money from the Lekki toll gate plaza.
Tinubu said, “On the other hand, I am, indeed, a promoter and financial investor in the Nation newspaper and TVC. It was widely known and circulated through social media that certain malevolent elements were going to take advantage of the situation to attack the Nation newspaper facilities and TVC in Lagos.
“The attackers came. Both facilities were significantly damaged. Although equipped with prior notice of the imminent trespass, I did not call anyone to seek or request for the army or police to deploy let alone attack, kill, or injure those who razed and vandalized these properties. I did not want any bloodshed.
“These elements, mostly hirelings of my political opponents, wreaked their havoc and destroyed those buildings and facilities and I thank God that the employees of these two media institutions managed to escape largely unharmed.
“There is a deeper truth involved here. Burned buildings and damaged equipment can be rebuilt or replaced. There is no adequate substitute for the loss of even a single human life. I am not one to encourage violence. I abhor it. Thus, I did nothing that might endanger lives, even the lives of those who destroyed my properties.
“There is no rationale that can adequately explain why I would order soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the toll gate where I have no financial interest, yet, choose to do nothing to protect my investments in the Nation and TVC,” the strong man of Lagos politics, said.