After CNN revealed another footage on Lekki Massacre, see what Sanwo-Olu said that stirs reactions.

The Lagos State Governor, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has Yesterday, Tuesday 24th of November called on Lagos State residents to not allow external forces to destroy the security and the well-being of the state.

This he said during a stakeholders meeting tagged ‘Internal security and conflict resolution in Lagos State’. The meeting which was held at the Adeyemi Bero auditorium became necessary in order to find a way to a peaceful resolutions on security issues bothering the state.

Recall that after men in Nigeria military uniform opened fire on the peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, there have been a lot controversies over the unfortunate incedence as Nigerian military denied being at the scene in the first place, Lagos State government claimed that no life was lost to that incidence. But as CNN began to release their investigation outcomes, there has been a little tension in the State.

Nigerians have since been reacting to the call from the Governor as many were of the opinion that since forces beyond the State government could order the shooting of peaceful protesters, external forces that are stronger should be allowed to investigate the shootings.

See some of the reactions below:

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<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony.The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony.

Commander 81 military intelligence brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, speaking before the panel on Saturday, claimed that the events that culminated in the incident of October 20 at the Lekki Toll Gate had its remote causes in the wider EndSARS protest and its immediate causes in the lawlessness that ensued from October 18.

Brigadier Taiwo explained that the attack made the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call on the army to interfere in the crisis and due to the urgency of the situation, the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew which was to commence at 4:00 pm on October 20 but was later shifted to 9:00 pm.

According to him, the time was not communicated to the Nigerian Army, and troops were deployed immediately upon receipt of the signal to activate phase 4, meaning immediate deployment of soldiers outside the barrack to help control the crisis of internal security.

He insists that the troops were not only deployed to the Lekki tollgate, but to other areas like Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and the entire state to restore normalcy.

Brigadier Taiwo added that the army were shooting into the air at the Lekki tollgate and not at the protesters, backing his statement up with several video clips of what he says transpired that night.

Furthermore, he claimed that after the soldiers left the area, hoodlums went on to destroy the toll gate plaza.

He also insisted that the troops used blank bullets that contain gun powder, and cannot cause any damage to the flesh, and if real bullets were used one bullet would have killed three persons per shot.

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Wednesday, made at least seven demands from the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Sanwo-Olu visited the Lagos Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, the State capital, where he met with the officers in the Command, including CP, DIG, AIG Zone 2, All Area Commanders and all DPOs across the State.

The visit came days after the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and extortion and widespread looting and arson in Lagos.

Odumosu, while making his remarks, requested several things from Sanwo-Olu.

This was revealed by the Governor’s media aide, Jubril Gawat, via his Twitter account.

“Governor @jidesanwoolu answering requests from the CP Hakeem Odumosu:

“1: The State Govt should foot bills of all police officers that sustained injuries. Mr Governor says: “Consider it Done” immediately.

“Request 2: That the State Government should consider payment of compensation to the Family of the deceased policemen. Governor @jidesanwoolu says the State Govt will compensate the family of the deceased officers during this period.

“Request 3: That the State Govt should take over the burial arrangements of deceased police officers. Governor @jidesanwoolu says the State Govt will take over the burial arrangements of deceased officers during this period.

“Request 4: That the State Govt should give scholarship to the children of Police deceased Officers. Governor @jidesanwoolu instructed the SA Education to attend to it immediately through the State Scholarship Board.

“Request 5: The Police Stations that have been burnt down. Governor @jidesanwoolu says the State has bigger plans for that and the Police Stations would be rebuilt to proper standards, to something that the Police officers would be proud of.

“Request 6: That the State Govt should help continue the building of the L-Wing to a U-Wing at the Command HQ. Governor @jidesanwoolu says the construction works will begin before the end of the year once space is available.

“Request 7: The Upgrading of the Police Cottage Hospital. Governor @jidesanwoolu says he would direct the Commissioner for Health to come and look at the hospital and determine what kind of improvements the hospital needs.”

What of the children of those who were allegedly killed by SARS before the protest and children of those killed during the protest, will they be given scholarships too?

Tension Mounts As Buhari, Army Gets 15-day Ultimatum To Expose Lekki Massacre Soldiers, 4 More Death Recorded
Lekki: Right groups give FG, Army 15-day ultimatum to fish out ‘killer’ soldiers

A coalition of four civil society groups- Campaign for Democracy (CD), Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) and Igbo Elders Forum (IEF) – yesterday, gave 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government and the Army to fish out soldiers that shot peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, to avert another protest.

The groups berated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for what they termed “double standard” of allegedly inviting soldiers, denying knowledge of who invited them and setting up panel to probe killings.

This is as the Amnesty International (AI) insisted that soldiers carried out the Lekki shootings.

On Tuesday, October 20, suspected soldiers opened fire at the Lekki tollgate where young protesters had been converging in Lagos.

While the army initially denied having a hand in the incident, it said on Tuesday that it got involved because the Lagos government invited it to restore order.

Speaking on behalf of the groups, Publicity Secretary of CD and Chairman CD, South East Zone, Dede Uzor A.Uzor, said if the ultimatum expired without meeting the demands it would be an invitation to “another mother of all protests that will shake the foundation of Nigeria.”

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The groups berated <strong>Lagos government</strong> and the Army for pretending not to know the people behind the shooting when in actual sense they were united in sending troops to Lekki toll gate, a fact the soldiers themselves cannot deny.The groups berated Lagos government and the Army for pretending not to know the people behind the shooting when in actual sense they were united in sending troops to Lekki toll gate, a fact the soldiers themselves cannot deny.

In a new development, the Governor of Lagos State, Sanwo — Olu made a Statement on Twitter according to Vanguard Newspapers.

He said “We have to be very careful in making a careless statement. It is a very sensitive issue. That’s all I can say for now.”

This statement comes after the Governor informed the public that the military came on their own accord and that he has no power to summon the military which the military denied saying they were invited by him as the situation got a bit tough.

Below are Screenshot from Twitter and how Nigerians are reacting to the Governor’s statement –

How do you relate with the Governor’s statement and what does it mean to you?

Source: The Sun News

Don’t get too excited, Buhari will never approve state, LGA police – Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to a statement by the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on the shootings at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a series of tweets on his official Twitter page on Tuesday said that the statement by the Nigerian Army has a grave implication on the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

According to the politician, Sanwo-Olu was thrown under the bus by the Army.

He wrote: “The @HQNigerianArmy claim it was the LASG that asked for soldiers to be deployed at Lekki. The implications of this for @jidesanwoolu are grave. He has been thrown under the bus by the military.”

The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Maj. Osoba Olaniyi, had disclosed in a statement, that the troops were requested to restore law and order 24 hours after the curfew was declared.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Olaniyi insisted that the soldiers did not shoot at the#EndSARS protesters, adding that the personnel acted within “the confines of the Rules of Engagement for Internal Security operations.”Olaniyi insisted that the soldiers did not shoot at the#EndSARS protesters, adding that the personnel acted within “the confines of the Rules of Engagement for Internal Security operations.”

1 Week After ‘Lekki Massacre’ Reno Omokri Gives Warning To Buratai and Sanwo-Olu 

Investigations are still ongoing to uncover what truly happened in Lekki toll-gate exactly 1 week ago where peaceful protesters were shot at, in what is being referred to as Lekki Massacre. There was a claim by Dj Switch who witnessed the incident that over 70 persons had died but the governor of Lagos state where this happened first came out to say that although many protesters were wounded none had yet.

In a yesterday interview with CNN, Governor Sanwo-Olu confessed that just 2 persons died that day and he also admitted that the attack was carried out by soldiers, and he would do all within his power to make sure justice is served.

Reno Omkri has given a warning to Sanwo-Olu and Buratai to get prepared because he has more evidence that proves that, soldiers killed more than 2 people in the #LekkiMassacre he also said that he knows Buratai has houses in Dubai, but he can never run away from the International Criminal Court (ICC) who will come after him over Lekki Massacre when his tenure as chief army staff is over

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved full reopening of markets following COVID-19 lockdown.

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement made available by the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Gawat Jubril, noted food markets and non-food markets can reopen every day of the week.

Before the announcement, food and non-food markets were allowed to operate three days in a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The state government had regulated the opening of the markets to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The statement reads: “The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non-food markets.

“They are now to open daily.

“Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

“Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols.

“Traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.”

#LekkiMissingPersons: Photos Emerged On Twitter and Facebook

Currently trending on the internet are photos of persons last seen on Tuesday, 20 October, at the Lekki Toll gate. Without doubt, these are some of the victims of the Lekki toll gate massacre.

These photos are coming few hours after the Lagos State government denied the massacre that took place at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night. According to governor Babajide, there was no such thing as “massacre” at the Lekki Toll Gate, and no death case recorded. He tagged such stories propaganda and challenged EndSARS protesters to provide proof of those claimed to have been killed by the Nigerian army.

You will recall that peaceful protesters were alledgedly shot and killed by members of the Nigerian army, in the late hours of Tuesday, 20th October, at the Lekki toll gate, in Lagos State.

Despite video evidence, the Nigerian army have denied involvement. In other words, they claim they were not at the scene of the incident, and therefore, were not the ones that shot at the protesters.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State government, adminted that soldiers were deployed to the scene to restore order and not to kill any protester.

Governor Babajide accused EndSARS protesters for spreading lies. According to the governor, there was no such thing as massacre at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, and no death case was recorded. He tagged such rumours ” propaganda.”

But video evidence show contrary.

DJ Switch, who came live on instagram during the attack, uncovered what happened. People were seen dying of gun wounds.

According to eye witness, 15 dead bodies were counted after the attack, but the dead bodies were carted away by the Nigerian army thereafter, which many claim was an attempt by the army to cover up their mess. 

However, more proofs continue to surface to attest to the fact that lives were lost that night. Photos of persons last seen at the ground of the incident are currently trending on Twitter and Facebook. I deem it fit to avail my readers the opportunity of seeing these photos.

Here are the photos, arranged in no particular order:

Now, my question is, what more evidence, do they need to admit to the fact that tens of peaceful protesters were shot and killed for no just cause, by members of the Nigerian army.

And having seen these photos, do you stil believe that no life was lost on Tuesday 20th October at the Lekki Toll Gate?  

Perhaps you still believe that the story of the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre is a propaganda.

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After the lekki toll gate incident, there has been several doubts as to whether people died or not, the army denied shooting at protesters while protesters claim they were shoot at.

Well a mother who lose her son at the lekki toll gate incident has decided to come out and speak about the incident. While Speaking, she said her son was shot and thanks to his friends who picked him up and fled, she said maybe the soldiers would have seized his corpse and claim no one died. Her son was identified as one Anthony who’s said to be a university graduate.

The mother narrated to a journalist how her son was running with his friends despite been shot and how they even fell under a car. It was such a touching story to here.

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A lot of Nigerians consoled her and called for justice for the killed young man. See some reactions to this;

What’s your take on this? The way this thing is going, do you think anybody will be brought to book for the Lekki shooting?

A civil society organisation, Lagos Democratic Coalition, has revealed that the soldiers who carried out the killing and maiming of unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate were members of Operation MESA (known as OP MESA) in Lagos State.

The coalition said contrary to the denial by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu on his involvement in the shooting of the protesters on the 22nd of October, 2020, he (Sanwo-Olu) actually ordered the operation.

The coalition, in a statement signed by Henry Ojugbana Esq., its Secretary-General and Comrade Senami Ojikutu, Convener, and made available to DAILY POST on Sunday, went on to explain that the Governor has complete control over this security outfit and the RRS (Rapid Response Squad) as the chairman of the Lagos State Security Council that comprises the Commissioner of Police of Lagos State Command, the commander 9th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, the Director of State Security Service in Lagos State as well as heads of the Navy, Air Force, FRSC, Civil Defence and LASTMA.

The OP MESA is a joint internal security outfit comprising military personnel drawn from the Army, Navy and Air Force and set up by the Nigerian Military in 2008 to complement the efforts of the Police in fighting violent crimes in Lagos and in other states.

The Lagos Democratic Coalition said that the Governor’s order to violently dislodge peaceful protesters from the Lekki toll gate with lethal force was carried out by and in conjunction with the command instruction to the coordinator of OP MESA by the Commander of the 9th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Musa A. Etsu-Ndagi (allegedly without prior notice to or approval from the military authorities) as well as ACP Tunji Disu, the Commander of RRS.

The group said that whilst the total number of persons killed in the state sponsored shootings is yet to be ascertained, “we are aware that not less than 12 persons have been confirmed to have died from the fatal shooting and many have been confirmed to have been fatally shot during the carnage some of whom do not have access to and/or cannot afford medical treatment.

“It is mind-boggling that Governor Sanwolu would order the killing and maiming of the very citizen he swore an oath (and has a constitutional duty) to protect. It is indeed a sad irony that the protesters gathered at the Lekki Tollgate to protest against police brutality and bad governance in the country only to be slain and maimed by their own Governor.

“We know that the blockage of the Lekki Tollgate by the protesters caused significant financial loss to the Governor’s Godfather and benefactor who is known to have a controlling financial interest in Lekki Concession Company (LCC) – the operators and concessionaires of the Lekki Toll Road.

“Nonetheless, the flouting of curfew as well as temporary and minor injury to the financial interest of the Governor’s Godfather does not warrant and cannot justify the use of lethal and deadly force against unarmed protesters by Governor Sanwolu and his military and political collaborators.

“Governor Sanwolu’s inconsistent, conflicting and unintelligible explanations bare implausible denials with respect to who deployed the soldiers, snipers and armed policemen to the scene of the protest.

“We dare to say the Governor has been speaking half-truth on this matter. And as such, there are questions begging for answers: why the soldiers and policemen were deployed when the curfew declared by the Governor was yet to commence?

“Why the Governor had hurriedly imposed a curfew when there was relative calm in the state and without adequate prior notice?

“Why the CCTV cameras mounted at the tollgate were dismantled shortly before the shootings began and why the lighting and streets lights at the scene of the protest were switched off shortly before the soldiers and armed policemen arrived the scene of the protest and began shooting at protesters are the babbling of a guilty man trying to absolve himself of a heinous crime he knows fully well he is guilty of.

“The Governor’s promise to investigate the killing and maiming of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate would be an exercise in self-deceit.

“Aside those injured and slain at Lekki Tollgate at the behest of Governor Sanwolu and their distraught families, all Lagosians are victims of Governor Sanwolu’s misguided and callous decision to attack unarmed protesters with lethal and deadly force.

“Our offices, houses, warehouses and shops have been looted and burned to the ground. Our lives, livelihoods and businesses have been grounded. Our streets and public spaces are burning, unsafe, polluted and have been taken over by criminals and hoodlums.

“Public institutions, facilities and buildings which offer essences services – courts, police stations, prisons, mass transit buses, government offices, banks, shopping malls, bridges and roads have either been destroyed or razed to the ground.

“Even our traditional institutions, such as the palace of the Oba of Lagos, were not spared. The destruction of the Oba’s palace is without a doubt a sad consequence of the Governor’s reckless judgment and callous disregard for human life even though the Oba of Lagos is unabashedly tainted politically and disconnected with the people that the youths of his kingdom did not rise in defence of their monarch’s throne and palace.

“We call upon Governor Sanwolu to own up to his involvement in and responsibility for the death and fatal injury of patriotic, unarmed and innocent young Nigerians who were protesting and fighting for a better Nigeria to the good people of Lagos State.

“We also demand that an independent panel of inquiry be set up by the Federal Government to investigate the killing and maiming of our compatriots for simply exercising their constitutional rights to protest.

“Given his culpability for the death and fatal shooting of protesters, Governor’s Sanwolu’s promised panel of inquiry on the Lekki massacre will be nothing but a shambolic exercise designed to mislead Lagosians and will not be independent of the government of Lagos State and its Governor who is himself complicit and implicated in the killing and fatal shooting of protesters.

“We demand an independent panel of inquiry that will be led by the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Labor Congress with public hearing as modus operandi as anything short of this will be tantamount to a charade and journey to where.”