The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has broken his silence on the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by security operatives at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday.
The Governor in a statement issued on his behalf by Gbenga Omotoso, the state commissioner for information and strategy, said his administration didn’t authorize the shooting of protesters, adding that he had earlier told security operatives not to arrest anyone.
He also ordered an investigation into the shooting of innocent #EndSARS protesters which occurred on Tuesday at the popular Lekki toll gate plaza in the state.
“The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident,” the statement read in part.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.”
He promised to do all within his power to address the situation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also appealed to the people and residents of the state to remain calm and not allow hoodlums to totally hijack their protest demanding for better governance in Nigeria.
He urged them in the statement not to allow “criminals, who had hijacked the noble protest of gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning the state upside down”.
The full statement reads:
”There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.
“The state government has ordered an investigation into the incident.
”Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.
“He advises Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear State upside down.
”The Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.”
Sanwo-Olu had earlier on Tuesday, declared a 24-hours curfew in the state to calm the security situation as hoodlums and criminals taking advantage of the #EndSARS protests began unleashing mayhem on residents and destroying public properties.