Lagos govt reacts to Lekki tollgate killings

The Lagos State Government has confirmed the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by security agents in at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos on Tuesday evening.

The government, in a statement, promised to investigate the attack.

The security agents wearing military uniform opened fire on unarmed protesters gathered at the toll gate, which had been one of the main rallying points of #EndSARS protesters. 

The protests against police brutality and bad governance have been going on for about two weeks across the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, following the breakout of violent clashes between the police and persons suspected to be hoodlums across the state, the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced a 24-hour curfew from 4pm on Tuesday, which was later shifted to 9pm.

However, protesters at the toll gate defied the curfew and continued to gather, though peacefully at the toll gate.

Just around 7pm, security agents stormed the venue and opened fire on the protesters.

Agents believed to be officials of the state government had removed the CCTV cameras at the tollgate and the floodlights at the plaza were switched off before the shooting commenced, leading to claims by people that the state government knew of the plan by the security to attack protesters and might have been trying to hide evidence of the action.

But the state government in a statement late of Tuesday while confirming the shooting said it was going to investigate the incidents.

“There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens,” the statement said.

"The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.

“He advises Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear state upside down.

“The Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times,” the statement reads.

The casualty figure of Tuesday’s shooting is still unknown.

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