The executive governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered for the immediate release of everyone detained and arrested in Wednesday #EndSARS memorial procession at the Lekki Tollgate.
The governor commended the police for being alive with its responsibility to identify and isolate troublemakers from law-abiding people who conduct themselves in line with the laws.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we saw a protest in Lagos and everybody that was arrested in connection with the protest have all been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons and who confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem,” the Governor said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also spoke on the arduous task of rebuilding the state, one year after Lagos was hit by a wave of arsonist attacks resulting from EndSARS protests. Lagos recorded a huge loss in assets and resources, following the violence that trailed the protest, as public transportation infrastructure, court buildings, police stations, private properties, and iconic assets were razed by arsonists on October 21, 2020.
Speaking on the rebuilding effort, the Governor said the destruction had slowed down operational activities of the affected public institutions but stressed that the State Government would not shy away from its responsibility to rebuild the facilities and restore their operating capacity.
“It is exactly a year ago today when Lagos was hit by violence in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests. Lagos witnessed massive destruction of infrastructure, iconic buildings, transport infrastructure, police station and others.
Today being a year after the event, there is no better time to say how difficult it has been for us as a State and how committed it has been for us. As tough as it is, the Government will certainly not shy away from its responsibility. We see the incident as a challenge and we will fix it with everything that we have,” he said.
Meanwhile, as the final report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution is being awaited, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the Government would be making full disclosure of the report to the public.
Sanwo-Olu said the State Government would not make an attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in its favor or not. The Governor said the panel report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing the re-occurrence of violence in the State.