The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has distanced his administration from the sponsoring of thugs and other criminals against the #EndSARS protesters.
The Governor also added that the Lagos State buses will never be involved in conveying thugs to disrupt peaceful protesters and therefore ordered investigations into the allegations.
He said this in reaction to claims that the buses which conveyed hoodlums that attacked peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Alausa on Thursday were from the Lagos State government.
Sanwo-Olu also promised to address the people and residents of Lagos on the developments.
He wrote on Twitter: “I have received reports involving a bus in our state bus service. Our buses will never be involved in such activities and I have instructed the state team to get to the root of it.”
“I will address our residents live today on developments.”
“I understand the atmosphere of distrust in which things are happening and how rapidly the situation has escalated, but I need to let every Lagosian understand that our government believes firmly in democratic ideals and will continue to act in accordance with our belief.”
Similarly, The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso has distanced the state government from allegations in the social media that it sponsored thugs to disrupt the #EndSARS protest.
He said such reports were targeted at painting the government in a bad light, urging the ‘enemies of progress’ sponsoring such rumours to desist from it.
Omotoso recalled steps already taken by the Lagos Governor in resolving issues since the #EndSARS protests broke out, including travelling to Abuja to present their demands to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to some unverified reports in the social media alleging that the government-sponsored thugs to disrupt the #EndSARS protest. This is untrue and wicked.”
“‘Such wild allegations were obviously concocted by enemies of peace and orderliness to whip up sentiments against the government, which has been doing everything possible to resolve the crisis by identifying with our youths in their efforts towards police reforms.”
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been preaching peace. So has the Deputy Governor, who addressed the protesters last Friday. The Governor has addressed them twice – at the Lekki Toll Gate and at the House of Assembly. He even carried a placard and marched with the youths after assuring them that he felt their pains and that it was legitimate for them to protest.”
“Besides, the Governor visited the President to tender their five-point demand. He ensured that all the protesters arrested by the police were released unconditionally.”
“The enemies of progress, who are not happy that Lagos is not on fire, are the ones fueling the infernal lies that the government was sponsoring thugs to attack our protesting youths. They have been posting on the social media pictures suggesting that a Lagos Bus Service Ltd. (LBSL) vehicle was conveying thugs. The bus in question was on its normal operation when it ran into a group of protesters. The passengers, who felt endangered, rushed out of the bus. They returned to continue their journey after the charging crowd had left.”
“As a government, we will never encourage thuggery or any act of violence that may put the lives and businesses of Lagosians at risk. We are strongly committed to ensuring that our youths, who have taken to the streets to air their views, are well protected.”
“This should be a sober time for us all as we struggle to reverse the negative effects of COVID-19 on our economic and social lives, even as the experts are warning that a second wave is likely if we shun the safety guidelines we have all agreed to embrace.”
“The government seeks the co-operation of all in ensuring that the crisis is put behind us as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Governor Sanwo-Olu has ordered security agents to protect protesters from hoodlums that are attacking their peaceful protests against police brutality.
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