Sanwo-Olu Reveals the 'Forces Beyond His Control'

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State has clarified some issues over the end SARS protests and the sad Lekki incidence.  This happened during an interview with Arise TV in the early hours of 22nd of October, 2020.

He discouraged those spreading false, unverified news. Governor Sanwo-Olu said: “There have been several false information that we have seen over the incident and we will appeal to people to show more restraint in posting information that cannot be verified.”

A lot of questions have arisen as to who ordered the security cameras at the Lekki Toll to be removed few hours before the shooting of peaceful protesters. The protesters were said to be singing the national anthem before it all turned gruesome. People have also asked who ordered the deployment of the troops to Lekki, all these were clarified by the state government in this article. He also revealed his next line of action.

During the course of the interview, he talked about the removal of Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) security cameras at Lekki Toll before the unfortunate incidence. He also denied allegations that he ordered the event. 

He said: “When I spoke to the Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company (LCC) over the matter, he told me the company took the decision to remove installations critical to their service when the curfew was announced".

“Those cameras that were displayed in the viral pictures were not security or motion cameras. They are laser cameras for vehicles, specifically designed to pick electronic tags and number plates on cars."

“Security cameras installed at the Toll Plaza are still there as I speak and the footages from them are the ones that we will be using in probing the Lekki incident. Since Tuesday, the security cameras at the Toll Plaza are still there and nobody can touch them.”

The governor revealed that multi-agency investigation into Lekki incident may proceed next Monday when order would have been fully restored across the State. He also stated that the recordings of the CCTV security cameras at the Toll Plaza would be crucial in revealing the whole truth about the incidence.

Furthermore, he explained what he meant by forces beyond him who ordered the  deployment of troops to Lekki. Sanwo-Olu stated that: “The hierarchy and chains of command in the military are not within my purview. This is not something I have responsibility for. I do not have such power to control or activate the military. That essentially is what I was trying to say in that particular phrase.” The governor also posited and maintained that he didn't order the shooting. 

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