Embattled Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left) whose state the military massacred innocent civilian was spotted few days back holding a banner with “#EDNPoliceBrutality” in Lagos (right)
After telling several versions of the #ENDSARS military shooting of the peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gage in Lagos State including declaring that nobody died as a result of the incident, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclsed that security cameras captured actually the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
Nigerian military on Tuesday descended on the peaceful protesters who have been gathering there for days to demand for an end to police brutality in the country among other issues. Before the trigger happy soldiers opened fire on the protesters who were waving nothing but the Nigerian flags, the lights at the toll gate were switched-off and the CCTV cameras disenabled apparently to enable the soldiers carryout the mass murder in broad daylight without their identity exposed.
However, the governor who is under attack from different quarters as the number one security officer of the state who sat back and watched his citizens murdered by citizens whose tax are used to pay military salaries has stated that the footage of the killing as captured by the CCTV camaras would be submitted to the judicial panel on police brutality, extra-judicial killings, and extortion.
The governor said this during a live programme on Arise TV on Thursday. He said this when asked why the cameras capturing the protest was removed before the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate. In his response, he noted that the CCTV cameras have footage of what happened during the protests. Sanwo-Olu also explained that the footage would be given to experts to analyse.
He said, “I will just speak up the truth on what actually happened. There is security personnel of The Lekki Concession Company on the ground. I had called the Managing Director that night when I saw the pictures. What he said to me is that because of the curfew that has been announced, they took a decision that they will take out installations that are critical to them. The camera that you saw is not a security camera or a motion camera. The camera is a laser camera for vehicles. It picks the tag on cars and number plates.
“It is not a camera for human beings. It is an infrared camera that just picks the tag on the vehicles. Security cameras for the plaza are still available. These are some of the footage that we are going to use for our investigation. Security cameras are installed on top of towers and they are there because I have seen them. Nobody can touch the security camera. These are things that we can leave open for citizens to come and verify when the panel of inquiries start. We will adopt this as evidence so that experts can come and review what kind of camera are those shown at the footage.”
When asked if the footage of the cameras can be assessed, he replied “absolutely.” But given the trust deficit between Nigerians ad their leaders, nobody will believe the Lagos State governor at least not until he makes the CCTV footage available.