Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, October 27, said that the Nigerian Army may be culpable for the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.
The Nigerian Army earlier denied that its men were not present at the toll gate; during the incident on Tuesday, October 20.
They also said that viral videos of the shooting were “photoshopped.”
However, during the CNN interview, Sanwo-Olu said footage available to him shows that the Nigerian Army ordered the shooting.
He also promised that after investigations, everyone found culpable of the act will be prosecuted.
Sanwo-Olu said, “From the footage that we could see; it seems to be that men in military uniform, which should be Nigerians Army ordered the shooting.
”They will be available for the judicial panel to review. They will certainly be held accountable we will do everything possible to make sure they are held accountable.
”When the report is out we will channel it to all the relevant authorities in the state; to ensure that everyone found culpable is accountable for the act.”
Sanwo-Olu also debunked the insinuation that international pressure persuaded President Muhammadu Buhari and himself to finally speak out about what protesters demonstrated for so long in Lagos and in Nigeria on the #EndSARS campaign.
He said: “There are no international pressures whatsoever. These are genuine protesters that we all believe; and we all have knowledge about. I was the first governor among governors with due respect to all my other colleagues who came out to meet with them; who started from the front and carried the EndSARS flags with them. I met with them twice; and we all had the rally together and worked together.”
The Governor also expressed confidence that there would be a positive change; as a result of what has happened in the past couple of days with protests in different parts of Nigeria by the youths.
“I genuinely believe there would be a change for two reasons. One, what has happened; especially in Lagos is extremely unimaginable.
“Number two is that it was a clarion call for all of us in government; especially understanding and realising what the youths truly want us to be doing. So, it hit all of us like a thunderbolt; and it was just a wake-up call,” he said.