Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu paid a visit to the victims of Lekki shooting in hospitals,he thereby directed an immediate investigation into the shooting during the time of the Curfew.
It was reported that about the time of the Curfew, yesterday, Tuesday, October 20, around 7pm, men dressed in military uniform opened fire on unarmed protesters, while the shooting was going on the lights and security cameras were turned off, many died from the incident,others injured at the Lekki Toll Gate.
One of the persons at the scene, Akinbosola Ogunsanya, reported;
“Members of the Nigerian army pulled up on us and they started firing. They were shooting, they were firing straight at us and a lot of people got hit. I just barely survived,”
Speaking on the incident, the governor said;
“This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger,”
“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki.
“It has taken me this long to make a statement because I have to prioritize the welfare of the victims of this very sad incident.”
He went ahead to address the residents of the state
“There are currently 10 patients at the General Hospital, 11 at Reddington and 4 at Vedic; with mild to moderate levels of injuries while 2 are receiving intensive medical care.
“3 patients have been discharged and we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.
“As the governor of our state, I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the federal government to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents.
“I will give a state broadcast in the morning,” he added.
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki, said
“this is not the Nigeria that we hope to leave for the next generation. Our young people are the future of our country. This is not the Nigeria we have worked for, striven for, prayed for and have sacrificed for.
“Dialogue is the only logical option in the current situation and not violence. Dialogue may take a longer time to work and it may appear frustrating. Still, as a leading member in the comity of nations, violent silencing of protesting youths cannot be an option for Nigeria.”
More than 30 people have now been reported dead across the country since the protests were reignited penultimate week.
Anti-riot police officers have been deployed round the country to curtail the violence.