#EndSARS killings: We indeed apologize for all losses – Sanwo-Olu

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tendered apology for all loses during the #EndSARS protests, while his administration mourned the lives sadly lost in the State.

The Governor made this known on his official social platform on Thursday, Sanwo-Olu said every life is important to his administration and his governent do not take anyone for granted.

According to him, “I was on Arise TV where I spoke on the efforts we’re making to return normalcy to our state. I mentioned my call to the President after which the Chief of Defence Staff called to assure us on helping to restoring security to our state.

“We mourn the lives we have sadly lost across the state. To the families that we could have better protected, I sincerely apologise. To the police and law enforcement that lost members, we also mourn them”, he said.

He assured Lagosians that the State will be stronger. “We will rebuild bridges, we will deliver on the good work we started on ending police brutality and providing justice. We indeed apologize for all the losses.

“The unfortunate incident that happened served as a catalyst that fueled anger and looting by thugs across the state. Fake news and baiting was also spread across social media further causing more chaos”, he said.

Sanwo-Olu added that his administration is working to stabilise things across Lagos State as Government look to rebuild. “The state team is working with the hospitals and emergency services to verify the details of everyone involved in incidents across the state”.

He explained on the false report of switching off CCTV. “The LCC has confirmed that what was removed were infrared car scanners. Evidence from the surveillance cameras (which wasn’t removed) will be used to aid investigations into the incident at the Lekki toll gate.

“An investigation panel will be constituted to probe the shooting, and all proceedings will be transparent. I understand that tempers are high but we are beginning to get a clearer picture of what led us to this point”, he said.

Sanwo-Olu begged Lagosians to be circumspect to avoid further losses and triggering other sentiments. “Do not encourage thugs through parody and innocent but inciteful words.

“On our work to end police brutality, our panel is ready to begin work. We want to find justice and provide compensation for victims to the best of our abilities”, he said.

He encouraged the youth to provide two representatives to join the judicial panel. I want to implore Lagosians on the need to come together for genuine reconciliation to forge a better and stronger Lagos.

“Lagos is the center of excellence, a symbol of national pride and we have to protect it. It is our home. It is my Lagos, your Lagos, our Lagos. We will protect our home”, he said.

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