By Emmanuel Adigwe
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has disclosed that footage has emerged revealing that the Nigerian Army is behind the Lekki tollgate shooting in Lagos.
GWG recalls that armed men in army uniform opened fire on #EndSARS protesters dispersing them with live bullets.
The incident sparked outrage and the army denied responsibility.
Sanwo-Olu, speaking with CNN on Monday stated that the CCTV footage will be presented to the state judicial panel probing security operatives’ brutality.
He said: “We will be committed to a full investigation of what happened and people would be held accountable. They certainly would be held accountable. We would do everything possible to ensure that they are held accountable.
“People have claimed that their friends and family members have been killed. So, this Judicial Panel of Enquiry is meant to bring all of these stories to accountability; where we can make restitutions, where families can prove and identify officers that were responsible for this.
“I am not the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces; I am Governor of a State. The report would be out and we would channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the state to ensure that every one that is found culpable is accountable for the act.”
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Governor Sanwo-Olu also debunked the claim that it was pressure from the International community that made President Buhari to talk about the incident and he also disclosed that the #EndSARS protest yielded some gains.
He continued: “There is no international pressure whatsoever. These are genuine protesters that we all believe and we all have knowledge about.”
“I was the first governor among governors with due respect to all my other colleagues who came out to meet with them, who started from the front. I carried the EndSARS flags with them. I met with them twice and we all had the rally together and walked together.
“I genuinely believe there would be change for two reasons. One, what has happened, especially in Lagos is extremely unimaginable. Number two is that it was a clarion call for all of us in government, especially understanding and realising what the youths truly want us to be doing. So, it hit all of us like a thunderbolt and it was just a wake-up call.”