The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is currently addressing Lagosians over the last night attack on peaceful protesters in the state.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that after visiting the hospitals, three (3) out of those injured last night have been discharged, however, ordered that all state activities be suspended for the next three days.
He said, “in sensitivity with the mood of the nation at this time, I have directed the following:
“The immediate suspension of all State activities for 3-days except those connected with governance of security in the State and the management of the current issue.
“The lowering of the flags in all government establishments for 3-days.
“The constitution of a 5-man Fact-Finding Committee into the Rules of Engagement ordered & adopted by the Nigerian Army to be headed by a retired military officer not less than the rank of a General.
“The leadership of our Ministry of Health led by the Honourable Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi worked through the night with different hospitals in Lekki and environ to monitor and provide support for the injured protesters.
“This is with a view to taking this up with the high command of the Nigerian Army and seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief to unravel the sequence of events that happened yesterday.
“For clarity, it is imperative to explain that no governor controls the rules of engagement of the army. I have nevertheless instructed an investigation into the ordered and the adopted rules of engagement employed by the men of the Nigerian Army deployed to the Lekki Toll Gate.
“In the same Ajeromi Local Government Area, Ajegunle in particular, branches of financial institutions were looted and hoodlums attempted to gain access into the Tincan Island Ports.
“There are no excuses for the unfortunate incident that took place last night, and as the Governor, I apologize for every action & inaction.
“I would like you to know that I am for you, I am with you, & I understand that indeed you’re not happy with the turn of events last night.
“I want to once again, and passionately from the depth of my heart appeal to our teeming youths, to our protesters that you should please give peace a chance.
“There have been several reported cases of arson, and of destruction of properties this morning,” he said.