“I would like you to know that I am for you, I am with you, & I understand that indeed you’re not happy with the turn of events last night.” Says Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as he apologize to Nigerians, especially Lagosians after the horrific shooting by ‘men on Nigeria Army Uniforms’ on Tuesday.
TWIST AND SITUATION – The “Forces beyond”
Earlier on Wednesday morning, after the attack, Babajide Sanwo-Olu went round hospitals were the affected victims were, alongside his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat and others.
“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki,” he tweeted.
“There are currently 10 patients at the Gen Hospital, 11 at Reddington and 4 at Vedic; with mild to moderate levels of injuries while 2 are receiving intensive medical care.
“3 patients have been discharged & we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.”
These he stated after tweeting –
This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger.
With little hope that the Governor is moving, few hours later he tweeted – “Information reaching us now is that a life was lost at Reddington Hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head. It is an unfortunate and very sad loss.” Adding that “This is an isolated case. We are still investigating if he was a protester.”
Sanwo-Olu’s Official Statement
Hours later, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made an official statement on how he and his government sees the whole issue.
According to Mr Governor, in parts –
“Yesterday’s events were no doubt some of the darkest gradients of our history as a State and as a people. As you are perhaps aware, I have been engaging the #EndSARS protesters since Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October 2020 respectively.
“We were making progress together though the pace was slow due to lack of an acceptable leadership amongst the #EndSARS protesters.
“However, events took a different turn from Sunday 18, October 2020 as criminal elements took advantage of the firm orders handed down to the officers and men of the Nigerian Police not to resort to shooting as a rule of engagement.
State and the Nigerian Army
“For clarity, it is imperative to explain that no governor controls the rules of engagement of the army. I have nevertheless instructed an investigation into the ordered and the adopted rules of engagement employed by the men of the Nigerian Army deployed to the Lekki Toll Gate.
“This is with a view to taking this up with the high command of the Nigerian Army and seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief to unravel the sequence of events that happened yesterday.”
“In sensitivity with the mood of the nation at this time, I have directed the following:
- The immediate suspension of all State activities for 3-days except those connected with governance of security in the State and the management of the current issue.
- The lowering of the flags in all government establishments for 3-days.
3. The constitution of a 5-man Fact-Finding Committee into the Rules of Engagement ordered & adopted by the Nigerian Army to be headed by a retired military officer not less than the rank of a General.
“There are no excuses for the unfortunate incident that took place last night, and as the Governor, I apologize for every action & inaction.”
“I would like you to know that I am for you, I am with you, & I understand that indeed you’re not happy with the turn of events last night.” He concluded.