Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has claimed that there were no blood stains at the Lekki Toll Plaza after the shooting last Tuesday.
On the 20th of October 2020, protesters and the world were left stunned as military men shot at unarmed Nigerians who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Plaza to demand an end to police brutality.
Sanwo-Olu has maintained his earlier position that only two persons died as a result of the gruesome incident, while also admitting that footages showed clearly that security operatives who shot at the protesters were from the military despite several denials from the Defence Headquarters.
Sanwo-Olu who spoke to CNN’s Becky Anderson said,
“Two dead bodies, that is what we have seen from all the morgues, that’s what we have seen going to hospitals, that’s what we have seen as record.
“What has happened is that there have been so many footages that were seen, that people have shown, but we have not seen bodies, we have not seen relatives, we have not seen anybody truly coming out to say I am a father or a mother to someone and I cannot find that person. Nobody has turned up. I have been to the ground, there is no scratch of blood anywhere there.”
“From the footage that we could see, because there were cameras at that facility, it seems to me that they would be men in military uniform. That’s what the footage shows,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu assured that the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footages will be part of the investigation by the judicial panel already set up to investigate the incident, which according to him has already started sitting on Monday.
“People have claimed that their friends and family members have been killed or went missing over the years. That is what the judicial panel is meant to do. It is to answer all the unanswered questions and ensure justice. We will invite those who have one case or the other to try and identify those officers who were responsible”.
Asked if he was committed to full investigation of the incident, the governor responded, “absolutely”.
But he said,
“it was beyond his control” to mete out punishment to those found culpable, however assuring that those responsible will be held accountable.
“I am not the Commander in- Cief of the Armed forces. The report will be out, we will channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the State to ensure everyone that is found culpable is accountable for the act,” he said.