Lagos to probe Lekki Toll Plaza incident, says Sanwo-Olu



The Lagos State Government is to set a panel of inquiry into the Toll Plaza incident that resulted to large-scale destruction of property and killing of many protesters.

On Oct. 20, #EndSARS protesters were reportedly attacked by armed security officials at the toll gate, stoking massive destruction of property in parts of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.

Speaking in a television in Lagos on Thursday, Gov. Babajide Sanyo-Olu, said the investigation would enable the state “to unravel the whole gamut of the incident’’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He denied the involvement of the State Government in the incident, stressing that he could not have ordered armed into the incident as he was not within its command chain.

The governor said that he had not been able to get across to the incident, disclosing that two telephone attempts he made on Wednesday did not get across to the president.

He said that the State Government could not respond appropriately to the mayhem across Lagos on Wednesday because five fire service stations were destroyed, vehicles burnt and firemen attacked.

Sanwo-Olu said that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency’s building in had also been destroyed by hoodlums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said that he could not fathom the agenda of the hoodlums in destroying public buildings, public transport buses, banks, court buildings and the palace of the Oba of Lagos.

The governor said that having state police would have helped in dealing the mayhem as state police was about policing, identifying troublesome individuals and black spots within a .

He said that agitation for the setting of state police predated his inauguration as governor but that he would continue to agitate for the establishment of .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanwo-Olu said that the 10,000 operatives of the state’s Neighbourhood Watch could not deal such breakdown as they were limited to information gathering.

He said that the state had not started counting its losses but was working hard to put the incident behind.

The governor said he had started consultations the 1,500 development associations in the state and engaging rulers as well as opinion leaders across the state to bring the crisis to an end. (NAN)