Lagos: Sanwo-Olu confirms 2 dead after Lekki shooting

The Lagos State Government has confirmed that at least two people were killed after soldiers opened fired on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday.

UPDATE: But the dead bodies, the government said, were not from the tollgate. One person, according to the government, died after suffering trauma to the head. Another person was found dead in Victoria Island with bullet wounds.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the confirmation while appearing on Arise TV on Thursday. That was two days after the shooting and 24 hours after claiming that no one was killed.

Here’s a summary of what Sanw-Olu said on Arise TV.

1. Governor Sanwo-Olu reached out to President Muhammadu Buhari to report the shooting at Lekki and got a call from the Chief of Defence Staff as a result of the call.

2. LCC has confirmed that the CCTVs removed were infrared car scanners. Not surveillance cameras.

3. Evidence from the surveillance cameras will aid investigations into the Lekki toll gate shooting.

4. The Military command chain does not report to any sitting Governor.

5. An investigation panel will be constituted and inaugurated by next week Monday to determine those behind the Lekki shooting and bring them to justice.

6. False social media information fuelled the crisis.

7. Mr. Governor and health personnel visited hospitals in Lekki to determine number of injured and dead youth protesters.

8. Unfortunately, two deaths were confirmed at the time of interview with Arise TV.

9. Residents with factual evidence on additional deaths as a result of the Lekki shooting should submit them to the Panel of Inquiry.

10. Residents need to come together for genuine reconciliation to forge a better and stronger Lagos State.

The summary was compiled by information commissioner Gbenga Omotoso.

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