The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, October 21, slammed reports of his involvement in Tuesday’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
Tinubu issued this denial via an interview; explaining that he would never be part of any carnage.
He also denied having any investment in the Lekki Company; the firm which manages the tollgate.
1st News had reported that an unspecified number of people were killed; and several others injured when soldiers attacked the protesters; around the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday night.
Tinubu said: “Why will they use live bullets?
“I will never, never be part of any carnage. I will never be part of that.
Further, he said: “I have no dime; no kobo investment in the tollgate.
“We are about 13 to 14 days into the protests now. Before now, I was being accused; and reported to the presidency that I was behind the protests; that I was a sponsor of the protests.”
Tinubu said he refuted the allegations. Further, he “appealed to the youths” and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to respond to the demands of the protesters.
“That was why he (Sanwo-Olu) set up the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The governor has gone to the home of one of the victims to appeal to them.
“He has put N200m together as part of restitution and compensation for those attacked”, the former Lagos State governor stated.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Wednesday, October 21, criticised the shooting of live bullets at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night which killed one person and injured several others.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, who faulted the incident. Also, he demanded the immediate release of the identity of soldiers; that carried out the shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate.
“The Military High command is hereby requested to immediately identify; and also name the officers involved in this gross professional misconduct for immediate prosecution; as well as dismissal in line with extant laws,” Akpata said.
“The NBA shall immediately commence legal proceedings at all relevant fora– both locally and internationally; against the Nigerian Military and other relevant authorities; on behalf of the families of the victims; for abuse of power; disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including the right to life) of the affected citizens.”