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Tinubu speaks for the first time since #LekkiMassacre, says “I’m still the Jagaban”

APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that he has asked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State if he ordered the killing of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate last Tuesday.

“I came to ask him pointedly; did he order the attack, or if he didn’t order the attack, who ordered it? Was it to his knowledge that people were attacked? That was all I needed from him,” Tinubu who was also a former governor of Lagos State, said, when he visited Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina, on Saturday.

The APC National Leader further noted that he could not understand the rationale behind the looting, violence, distruction, attack on police stations, stealing of arms and killing of innocent persons in Lagos.

Hoodlums had after the #LekkiMassacre on Tuesday, looted shops, set fire on public and private properties, distroyed properties owned by Tinubu (Television Continental and The National Newpaper, etc.

Speaking further, Tinubu noted that the State Government had already set up a judicial panel of enquiry to investigate the allegations of human rights abuses by officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), including the #LekkiMassacre.

“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too; how were they there; how long were they there; what kind of characters are they? Even those we want to help, we still must extract information that would help the government to prepare in future or understand how and when to react,” he said.

Tinubu said that he wondered why some people resorted to violence even when the government had not only showed sensitivity in listening to the protesters, but also taken actions to meet the demands.

“But where are we getting the looting, the carnage, burning, invasion of police stations, stealing of arms and maiming the innocent (from)? It’s handshake beyond the elbow,” he added.

The APC National Leader was rumoured to have fled the country to France following the development. He however noted that they were all rumours and fake news, saying that he went nowhere.

Asked when he returned, Tinubu said; “I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian. I still hold the title of the Asiwaju of Lagos. I’m still the Jagaban. Fake news is all over the place; they said Seyi my son was kidnapped, but he’s here with me and I didn’t pay any money to bring him here.”

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