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Lekki Shooting: We Faced Forces Beyond Our Direct Control – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has bemoaned the shooting of protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza in the state.

Soldiers had opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the toll gate on Tuesday night. Many have been reported dead and injured. Despite videos showing soldiers on uniform perpetrating the act, the Nigerian Army has denied any involvement.

In a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle in the early hours of Wednesday, Sanwo-Olu described Tuesday night as the “toughest nights of our lives.”

According to the governor, the state faced “forces beyond our direct control.”

He confirmed that there are currently 25 patients at three different hospitals with mild to moderate levels of injuries while two are receiving intensive medical care.

Sanwo-Olu promised to work with the Federal Government to get to “the root of this unfortunate incident.”

He also promised to give a state broadcast on Wednesday morning.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, visits the injured at the hospital

“This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger,” the governor tweeted.

“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki.

“It has taken me this long to make a statement because I have to prioritize the welfare of the victims of this very sad incident.

“There are currently 10 patients at the Gen Hospital, 11 at Reddington and 4 at Vedic; with mild to moderate levels of injuries while 2 are receiving intensive medical care.

“3 patients have been discharged & we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.

“As the Governor of our state, I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents.

“I will give a state broadcast in the morning.”

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