The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has mentioned that Lagos State won’t burn on his watch, as he tries to calm issues down after hoodlums wreaked havoc post-Lekki shootings, and introduced that the Judicial panel arrange by the state would come with the incident at Lekki toll gate.
The Governor announced this in a press release on Friday night, the place he tried to guarantee Lagosians that the state was working to seek out justice for Police brutality victims, and urged for peace.
We additionally visited the varied hospitals at present to verify on the progress of victims that have been introduced in from occasions this week.
It was heartwarming to notice that fairly a quantity have been discharged. We’ve additionally indicated that we’ll be choosing all of the payments.
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 23, 2020
Recall Nairametrics reported that the Lagos State Authorities had earlier introduced that it was working in direction of stabilizing issues throughout the state and rebuilding via verification of victims and had referred to as on youth leaders to supply representatives for a judicial panel.
On friday night’s assertion, Sanwo-Olu mentioned, “Immediately, on our journey throughout Lagos, we paid respect to those we have now misplaced. It was an emotional time for everybody, and we are going to discover a option to bear in mind them within the coming days.
“No different state has this distinctive mixture of individuals residing in peace, concord and progress so it saddened me after I went spherical for an on-the-spot evaluation to establish the extent of destruction to public belongings and personal properties.”
He likened the destruction skilled within the state to that of a conflict zone, and urged residents to not incite violence.
“Our stunning metropolis has seen a degree of destruction nearly akin to a conflict zone. It was a surprising and really unhappy spectacle. Our land took a beating and this hurts. Historic buildings, cultural centres, personal malls, authorities holdings and personal companies have been pillaged & burnt,” he mentioned.
“This isn’t the Lagos we all know. I’m the fifteenth governor of the state and Lagos has by no means witnessed this degree of destruction. The oldest courtroom in Nigeria was razed down. Many properties have been utterly destroyed. It’s time to heal ourselves and time to heal Lagos.
“I’ll prefer to advise and implore residents to withstand the urge to instigate or incite individuals to violence particularly on social media.”
He added that the State Authorities had visited victims of brutality up to now week, and introduced that the state would cowl all of the medical payments.
“We additionally visited the varied hospitals at present to verify on the progress of victims that have been introduced in from occasions this week. It was heartwarming to notice that fairly a quantity have been discharged. We’ve additionally indicated that we’ll be choosing all of the payments.
“Lagos won’t burn. Not on my watch. Sufficient is sufficient. We would like peace and we are going to get peace. As surprising and unhappy as this example is, we should come out of the ashes of destruction robust and with a willpower that this unlucky scenario won’t kill the spirit of Lagos.”
The Governor added that Judicial panel arrange by the State would additionally embrace circumstances that occurred on the Lekki Toll gate incident, which has gathered worldwide consideration.
“We’ve expanded the phrases of reference for the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to incorporate the incident on the Lekki toll gate. You probably have any claims, do ship them to the panel. The panel will start to sit down on Monday on the Lagos Courtroom of Arbitration located in Lekki.
“We’ve to resume our dedication to peace, progress, social cohesion and make a promise to ourselves that by no means once more lets permit the forces of darkness take over our land.”
Nairametrics additionally reported that state Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, introduced that Lagos State Authorities was set to assist the house owners of shops that have been looted this week, when the #EndSARS protests have been hijacked by hoodlums.