Tinubu Speaks On Lagos Riots, Lekki Shooting During Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Courtesy Visit

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Former Lagos governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday reacted following the violent military crackdown on peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate area of the state that left scores dead and several injured.

During a courtesy visit to incumbent Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State House in Marina, he addressed the Lekki massacre, stating that he did not travel out of the country as reported by some sections of the media.

The All Progressives Congress chieftain told reporters that the purpose of his meeting with Sanwo-Olu was to ask him if he had ordered the Tuesday gun attack. “If he didn’t order the attack, who ordered the attack? That’s all I needed from him,” he said.

Tinubu who referred to himself as the Jagaban of Lagos, also spoke about his son Seyi Tinubu debunking his kidnapping rumours as ‘fake’. He added that Seyi is here with him in Lagos.

Tinubu began his interview by lamenting the invasion and wanton looting of public and private assets in the state of late. He had come under fire in the last few days over the Lekki incident as rampaging hoodlums burnt down investments reportedly linked with him including a television station, a newspaper house as well as assets of the Lekki Concession Company, the managers of the toll gate.

Speaking on Saturday, Tinubu stressed the need for a thorough investigation into Tuesday night attack. He said, “First, we have to segregate the calendar – those who suffered casualty before the protests from the hands of SARS. You have to separate that from those who suffered casualty due to what happened at the toll gate.


“For those who suffered casualty from SARS, the Commission of Inquiry that is already set up will unearth that and will make their recommendations. I trust the calibre and the character of the people there, they are independent. That is one.

“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too. Even though we want to help, we still must extract information that will help the government to prepare in future and understand how and when to react because the governor, in particular, is a youth.

“As a youth himself, he (Sanwo-Olu) quickly went to Abuja with the 5/5. The government immediately put into action, dissolved the SARS and had to work through other recommended actions, the needs they demanded. Within a few days, he reported back to the public. That is responsive enough.

“But where are we getting the looting, the carnage, the burning, the invasion of police stations, stealing of arms, maiming of the innocent? It is a handshake beyond the elbow.”

Tuesday night attack at the Lekki toll gate has been condemned by both local and international bodies and personalities.

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