Again, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has apologised to the people of the state for the lives lost across the state as he mourns with their families.
The governor also said the state was beginning to get a clearer picture of the things that led to the losses experienced in the state.
In a thread of Tweets on Tuesday night , the governor said, “We mourn the lives we have lost across the state and to the families that we could have better protected, I sincerely apologise.
“I understand that tempers are high but we are beginning to get a clearer picture of the things that led us to this point and I want to ask us to be circumspect to avoid further losses and triggering other sentiments. Do not encourage thugs through parody and inciteful words.”
On the report of removal of CCTV at the Lekki Toll Gate, the governor said LCC had confirmed that what was removed were infrared car scanners. “Evidence from the surveillance cameras (which wasn’t removed) will be used to aid investigations into the incident and a panel will be constituted to probe the shooting,” he said .
“To the police and law enforcement that have lost members, we mourn these important members of our community.
“I was on Arise TV where I spoke on what we are doing to return normalcy to our state. I mentioned my call to the President after which the Chief of Defence Staff called to assure us on helping to restore security to our state,” the governor said.
He expressed optimism that Lagos will be stronger. “We will rebuild bridges and we will deliver on the good work we started on ending police brutality and providing justice,” he assured.
According to the governor, “The unfortunate incident that happened served as a catalyst that fuelled anger and looting by thugs across the state. Fake news and click baiting has also spread across social media further causing more chaos. I mourn the various losses across the state.
“We are working to stabilise things across the state as we look to rebuild. The state team is working with the hospitals and emergency services to verify the details of everyone involved in incidents across the state.
“On our work to end police brutality, our judicial panel is ready to begin work. We want to find justice and provide compensation for victims to the best of our abilities. We encourage the youth to provide two representatives to join the judicial panel.
“I want to implore Lagosians on the need to come together for genuine reconciliation to forge a better and stronger Lagos.
“Lagos is the Centre of Excellence, a symbol of national pride and we have to protect it. It is our home. It is my Lagos, your Lagos, our Lagos. We will protect our home. God bless Lagos State,’’ he said.
We mourn the lives we have lost across the state and to the families that we could have better protected, I sincerely apologise.
To the police and law enforcement that have lost members, we mourn these important members of our community.
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 22, 2020