Lagos state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday apologised to the Lagosians on the violence that led to killings and looting asking the residents to come together for genuine reconciliation to forge a better and stronger Lagos
He said this in a statement as quoted, “We mourn the lives we have sadly lost across the state. To the families that we could have better protected, I sincerely apologise.
“To the police and law enforcement that lost members, we also mourn them. Every life is important to us. And we do not take anyone for granted.
According to him, I was on Arise TV where I spoke on the efforts we’re making to return normalcy to our state. I mentioned my call to the President after which the Chief of Defence Staff called to assure us on helping to restoring security to our state.
“Lagos will be stronger. We will rebuild bridges, we will deliver on the good work we started on ending police brutality & providing justice.
“The unfortunate incident that happened served as a catalyst that fueled anger and looting by thugs across the state. Fake news and baiting was also spread across social media further causing more chaos. We indeed apologize for all the losses.
“We are working to stabilise things across the state as we look to rebuild. The state team is working with the hospitals and emergency services to verify the details of everyone involved in incidents across the state.
“On the false report of switching off CCTV, the LCC has confirmed that what was removed were infrared car scanners. Evidence from the surveillance cameras (which wasn’t removed) will be used to aid investigations into the incident at the Lekki toll gate. An investigation panel will be constituted to probe the shooting, and all proceedings will be transparent.
“I understand that tempers are high but we are beginning to get a clearer picture of what led us to this point & I want to ask us to be circumspect to avoid further losses & triggering other sentiments. Do not encourage thugs through parody & innocent but inciteful words.
“On our work to end police brutality, our panel is ready to begin work. We want to find justice and provide compensation for victims to the best of our abilities.
“We encourage the youth to provide two representatives to join the judicial panel.
“I want to implore Lagosians on the need to come together for genuine reconciliation to forge a better and stronger Lagos.
“Lagos is the center of excellence, a symbol of national pride and we have to protect it. It is our home.
“It is my Lagos, your Lagos, our Lagos. We will protect our home, he said.