Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared that no lives were lost in the Lekki massacre recorded yesterday, Tuesday October 20, 2020.
Sanwo-Olu stated this in a state-wide broadcast on Wednesday.
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.
The incident caused pandemonium in the area as some #EndSARS protesters scampered to safety.
Further, video footages have emerged of protesters trying to attend to the injured with crude objects; as ambulances were initially prevented from coming through by the military. However, they were later let through as several injured youths were ferried to the hospital.
Lagos has been rocked by violence in the last few hours.