A former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Sunday, 25th October, discovered a camera at the Lekki Toll Gate shooting-site, days after the event.
Fashola who doubles as Nigeria’s Minister for Works and Housing, ed a Federal Government delegation on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and destruction of properties in the violence that rocked the state.
He discovered what has been tagged “hidden camera” at the Lekki Toll Gate in Admiralty Circle.
Those who also witnessed this discovery are – Ministers of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Mines and Industries, Olamilekan Adegbite, Niyi Adebayo, Trade and Investments and Olorunnibe Mamora, Health state.
Others were South West Governors such as: Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, and Lagos States, Kayode Fayemi, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Seyi Makinde, the states Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and some selected newsmen.
Babatunde Fashola said, “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.”
As he handed it over to Sanwo-Olu while carefully holding the discovery in a cloth.
He however asserted that the camera must have been planted by some subversive elements prior to the reported shootings, for ulterior motives.
Celebrities go hard on Fashola after discovering secret camera
Some celebrities who are leading the End SARS protests, on social media, described the Minister’s discovery as a film trick.
For Paul, one of the Psquare brothers, “it was a Hollywood movie, titled, “Mission IMPOSSIBLE: How the black box of the aeroplane that crashed the Lekki toll gate was discovered by a Minister. #lekmassacre. Available on Netflix soon; brought to you by detective Raji.”
PeterPSquare wrote, “These people really think we are daft and fools! Abeg, see people papa. What a shame and embarrassment! Look at where the camcorder lens of the camera is facing.”
Falz wrote, “Secret camera you know… Must really think we are stupid! What kind of embarrassment is this? Like do these men actually think we are DAFT?”
Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo Rodriguez, wrote, “I heard they conveniently found a camera at the Toll Gate after LAWMA already cleaned the whole crime scene. I can’t wait to watch this film. This Government no rate us at all.”
Ice Prince said, “Somebody please tell me the Minister, Fashola and his guys running into a random camcorder at Lekki toll gate yesterday was a joke !!! Please, I’m begging anyone… Just say it’s a joke, Thought LAWMA just cleaned the whole place up and Jide (Governor Governor Sanwo-Olu) already did a tour!?”
Toolz wrote, “Really sad that Fashola is part of this pantomime. Is there a politician in Nigeria that genuinely cares about the youths? #EndSARS.”
Samklef, tweeted, “I see a lot of people doing Fashola challenge and you want this government to take you guys serious? You all joke with everything. Shame. They know you will all forget soon. Keep following their script.”
Wale Adetona wrote, “I really rate Fashola but I’m ashamed and embarrassed that he allowed himself to be used for this kind of ridiculous manipulation. Even my 5-Year-Old nephew wouldn’t subject himself to such silly show of shame.”
LCC says perimeter cameras were not removed from Lekki Toll
Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat addressed reports surrounding the removal of the Lekki Toll Gate Cameras and as well as switching off the electricity while protesters remained at the toll gate.
In a tweet published 7 am on Thursday, October 22nd, Hamzat revealed that “the press release by the Lekki Concession Company should provide some feedback about a lot of stories we have seen on social media about the Lekki toll gate. It is important to understand all the factors at play as we continue to investigate. Perimeter CCTV was not removed.”
According to excerpts of the Press Release, “as the protest progressed, our tolling equipment were being looted. We covered items daily with the help of some of the protesters. Such items included air conditioners, violation of alarm bells, monitors, keyboards, etc.”
Here are the excerpts
“On the 20th of October, we received feedback that some of the tolling equipment were being pulled off, hence we went into the lanes to recover more items including analogue Bosch Tolling device used to monitor transactions carried out in the toll lanes. The perimeter closed-circuit television system (CCTV) are Mobotiz Digital cameras. They were not removed and are still installed. in the lanes even now.”
“There was no instruction from ANYONE to remove the perimeter CCTV cameras. Removing them will require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed and are still installed.”
“LCC receives power from the IPP grid, the power albeit stable is taken off from time to time. At such times, LCC relies on the backup generators for power supply, however, following the declaration of the curfew by the state govern°, LCC withdrew ALL her staff from the office locations. This is the reason why the lights could not be restored when the mains from IPP went off temporarily. This is verifiable.”
“We sincerely regret this unfortunate incident and Working Together To Make Tne Difference.”
This came days after management of Loatsad Promomedia Limited said it turned off the billboard at the Lekki toll gate based on the state governor’s curfew request.
The advert company is owned by Seyi Tinubu, one of the sons of All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu.
Loatsad Promomedia, in a statement on its Instagram handle, said it had no ulterior motive for the action.
The company said, “When the ‘EndSars and ‘say no to police brutality’ protests started from day one, we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause.
“When we started in 2014, we had a plan to change the perception of African start-ups in the global space. We believed as Africans, we could create something great and we set out with a N4m loan from a bank and we started trading, going from door to door begging for work and relentlessly grew the business employing and empowering over 200 Nigerians today directly or indirectly,” it said.
“On Tuesday when the curfew was announced we heeded the governors warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governors curfew request’’.
‘‘We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain, and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act’’.
After the words looked like it had been misinterpreted, suggesting the screen was turned off on the request of Governor Sanwo-Olu, the company deleted its earlier statement and posted a rebuttal.
The firm explained that, ‘‘All we operate is the billboard at this location and we have no control over the street lights or cctv’’.
‘‘When we were approached by the organisers of the protest to help them with power, we gave them unfettered use of our generator and ensured our technical staff was physically present to control the board for their use and when the events were over he would leave at midnight’’.
Explaining why they had their staff members leave their posts as early as 3p.m. on Tuesday, the firm said, ‘‘On this occasion we were highly concerned about our staff members who live very far from Victoria Island. On no account will we have turned off our board on the same comrades we worked with throughout the entire period the protests were ongoing at the Tollplaza’’.
Mr Sanwo-Olu announced a 24-hour curfew, effective 4 p.m. on the much talked about Tuesday, saying no one, except essential service providers and first responders, should be found on the streets.
Shortly after his announcement, there was panic on social media after photos emerged of unknown men removing CCTV cameras at the Lekki toll gate.
Hours later there were repots of random shootings from the side, this has been confirmed by media and residents but no clear image or video as all lights were turned off.
Eyewitness accounts say the toll lights were eventually turned on hours after the shootings had ceased.
The company, Loatsad Promomedia, has how ever deleted their Instagram Page @loatsad_promomedia