Governor Sanwo-Olu Says Lagos Needs Healing, Reconciliation After Visiting Scenes Of Violence

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu OnoBello

After three days of chaotic outrage, Lagos State Governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, in the spirit of proactive leadership toured some areas in the city that were torched or destroyed as a result of the erupted violence.

Speaking after the activity, a visibly dejected Sanwo-Olu said the city-state needed healing, lamenting that the carnage it witnessed in the last few days was unprecedented in its history.

He continued that what he saw was not the Lagos that was handed over to him on May 29, 2019, adding that he had never seen the level of destruction of private and public assets perpetrated in the state before.

It was during this briefing that he also reviewed the curfew imposed on the state, saying residents could now move about between 8 am and 6 pm.




From Wednesday to Thursday, hoodlums took over the streets of Lagos, destroying targeted private and public properties and looting others. Following the destructions, the governor extended a 24-hour curfew he had imposed on the state last Tuesday to 72 hours as part of measures to curtail the violence.

Yesterday, some level of peace returned to the state, which enabled the governor to take a tour of both private and public buildings that were razed to see first hand the level of damage done.

He visited the palace of Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu, which was looted and destroyed by hoodlums; Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat; Divisional Police Headquarters; Police Stations in Layeni and Amukoko; Lagos State Public Works Office at Ojodu; Ojodu Bus Rapid Transit Terminal; Igbosere High Court; Lekki Toll Plaza and Lekki Shoprite, among other facilities attacked by hoodlums in the state.

While addressing the media after the tour, Sanwo-Olu said there was a need for Lagosians to continue to talk and dialogue. He, however, pleaded with residents and citizens sharing fake news and misinformation to stop.

He insisted that a number of people lost their lives in several parts of the city in the course of the crisis but not directly from the Lekki shooting. The governor said the state government would pay the medical bills of all the victims being treated in private and public health facilities in the state.

The governor disclosed that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) would be moving to different parts of the city to clean up areas that needed to be cleaned, maintaining that the city needs clean up from the carnage.

He explained that he could not completely lift the curfew in the state because there were still pockets of insecurity in some areas. He further implored motorists to drive with caution as they move around the city following the relaxation of the curfew, urging those who have no reason to drive or go out stay at home.

On the plans the state government has for private businesses that suffered losses in the crisis, the governor said he would sit back with his team to take stock before making any pronouncement, noting that, that is why the reconciliation has to be total.

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