Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has revealed that the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night by military personnel, was influenced by “forces beyond his control.”
The governor described the event as the toughest night of “our lives,” while declaring the shooting leaves the history of Lagos state with dark notes.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, the Governor shared pictures of victims he visited in the hospital.
Sanwo-Olu declared that 10 victims are undergoing treatment at the state-owned General Hospital, 11 at Reddington Hospital, and four others at the Vedic Lifecare Hospital.
He further stated that two other victims were undergoing intensive medical care, while three victims have been discharged.
“This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger.
“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki. It has taken me this long to make a statement because I have to prioritize the welfare of the victims of this very sad incident.”
This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger.
I've just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki . pic.twitter.com/r5idAn9Pxw
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 21, 2020
“There are currently 10 patients at the Gen Hospital, 11 at Reddington and 4 at Vedic; with mild to moderate levels of injuries while 2 are receiving intensive medical care. 3 patients have been discharged & we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.”
“As the Governor of our state, I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents.”
“I will give a state broadcast in the morning,” he stated.
While Governor Sanwo-Olu did not give exact figures of fatalities from the shooting, witnesses have pegged the numbers to be at least a dozen.