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Lekki Toll plaza military crackdown: I called Buhari twice, he wasn’t available, says Sanwo-Olu 

....says cameras removed were not security cameras, but laser cameras for cars


Upset by the wanton destruction of property including his family house following military crackdown on #EndSARS protesters, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Thursday he called President Muhammadu Buhari twice to inform him of the killings without a reply.

He said he called to intimate him of shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, but was told “he was not available.”

“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,” he said in an interview with Arise TV.

Answering questions on why the CCTV at Lekki Toll Gate was removed before the military crackdown, Sanwo-Olu said:  act, he 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 phone call public.”

Persecondnews recalls that the Nigeria Bar Association, leaders and Nigerians have been reacting to the shooting of innocent #ENDSARS protesters by soldiers at Lekki.

Some have called for the sack of heads of security agencies while others have asked President Buhari to address the nation without further delay.


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