Lekki Massacre: Sanwo-Olu makes volte-face, says one casualty recorded

Lekki Massacre: Sanwo-Olu makes volte-face, says one casualty recorded

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has finally admitted that one life was lost in the Lekki massacre recorded yesterday, Tuesday October 20, 2020.

Sanwo-Olu confirmed this development via his verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

1st News reports that Sanwo-Olu had initially declared that no lives were lost. He had made this known in a state-wide broadcast on Wednesday morning.

‘‘Information reaching us now is that a life was lost at Reddington Hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head. It is an unfortunate and very sad loss.

‘‘This is an isolated case. We are still investigating if he was a protester,’’ Sanwo-Olu tweeted.

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Lekki Massacre

Earlier, 1st News had reported that the governor, who appealed for calm in the face of the rampaging wave of violence and destruction of properties; urged parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to embrace peace.

Further, Sanwo-Olu revealed that he went round the hospitals where those injured in the Lekki massacre were being treated. He added that there were no fatalities from the shooting witnessed in Lekki yesterday.

‘‘Fellow Lagosians, we also pray for the swift recovery of the injured. We are comforted that we have not recovered any fatality as against the widespread circulation on social media.

‘‘Both myself and the leadership of my Ministry of Health have been going out. Indeed, we went round all the hospitals last night. We went round the mortuaries last night to see and to monitor for ourselves what has happened and to identify the injured protesters.’’

Meanwhile, 1st News had reported that soldiers on Tuesday, October 20, opened fire on #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos.

1st News gathered that at least a yet-to-be-confirmed number of #EndSARS protester died; while several others were injured in the heavy gunfire by the soldiers.

An eyewitness told journalists that the protesters were sitting on the floor when the soldiers arrived in the area. He disclosed that the soldiers started shooting sporadically.

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