National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday lamented the recent invasion and wanton looting of public and private assets in the state.
Tinubu stated this when he paid a visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House in Marina.
Addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Tinubu, who addressed journalists in company with Sanwo-Olu at the end of their meeting, said he did not travel out of the country as reported by some sections of the media.
He disclosed that he was at the Lagos governor’s official residence to ask Sanwo-Olu if truly he ordered soldiers to attack #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday evening.
Tinubu said he asked Sanwo-Olu “if he didn’t order the attack, who ordered the attack? That’s all I needed from him.”
The former Lagos State governor has been virulently criticised lately over the Lekki incident as rampaging hoodlums burnt down investments reportedly linked with him, including a television station, a newspaper house as well as assets of the Lekki Concession Company, the managers of the toll gate.
Tinubu said it hads become imperative that thorough investigation be carried out into the Tuesday night attack at the toll gate.
He said, “First, we have to segregate the calendar – those who suffered casualty before the protests from the hands of SARS. You have to separate that from those who suffered casualty due to what happened at the toll gate.
“For those who suffered casualty from SARS, I think the Commission of Inquiry that is already set up will unearth that and will make their recommendations. I trust the calibre and the character of the people there, they are independent. That is one.
“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too. Even though we want to help, we still must extract information that will help the government to prepare in future and understand how and when to react because the governor, in particular, is a youth.
“As a youth himself, he (Sanwo-Olu) quickly went to Abuja with the 5/5. The government immediately put into action, dissolved the SARS and had to work through other recommended actions, the needs they demanded. Within a few days, he reported back to the public. That is responsive enough.
“But where are we getting the looting, the carnage, the invasion of police stations, stealing of arms, maiming of the innocent? It is a handshake beyond the elbow.”
Asked about his whereabouts in the past few days, Tinubu said, “I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of Asiwaju of Lagos and I am still a Jagaban.
“Whatever they think. Fake news is all over the place. They say Seyi my son was kidnapped and was chased but look at him. I didn’t pay a penny to bring him here.”
Tuesday night attack at the Lekki toll gate has been condemned by both local and international civil rights organisations.