The Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed his frustration in his bid to speak with President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings of EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate have been in vain.
Soldiers had reportedly fired live bullets at unarmed Nigerian youths who had massed at the toll gate in continuation of their protest against police brutality against innocent citizens and general bad governance in the political system.
About 12 of them were mowed down by the soldiers at the night with as many as 28 hospitalised.
Despite worldwide outrage over the killing of unarmed protesters by security forces, President Buhari is yet to speak to the people of the events of the dark night.
The commercial nerve centre of Nigeria erupted in crisis as hoodlums torched and looted public assets including businesses with links to former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Some of the places of interested vandalised or torched by the hoodlums include TVC Station, BRT businesses, NPA office at Marina, Nation Newspaper office at Matori, among others.
Sanwo-Olu in an interview with Arise Television hinted of his frustration to brief the President about the Lekki incident saying twice he called him on phone but were answered.
He said, “I made calls to the President twice yesterday but was told he wasn’t in the office. The second time, he was said to be at the FEC meeting; I haven’t spoken to him directly but I have reached the Chief of Staff to the President,”.
On why CCTV at Lekki Toll Gate was removed before the dastardly act,the governor said the owners of the business said the cameras were shut in obedience to the curfew order by the state government.
Sanwo-Olu said, “The cameras removed were not security cameras, it is a laser camera for cars; it picks tags for cars and plate numbers; it is not a security camera; it is an infrared camera; security cameras are still available and that is what we are using for our own investigation.
“They did the removal because of curfew. As regards the light, LCC put off the light because of the curfew order issued by Lagos State Government. I have never spoken to the owner of the company ( Tinubu’s son), I am very certain their decision was purely a corporate decision.
“I will not stop to continue to apologize to Lagosians. Is it possible to make CCTV footage public; Sanwo-Olu agreed to make the footage public.”