- Governors from the southwest states have reacted to the violence that trailed protests in Lagos
- The governors alleged that the violence might have been sponsored
- Governor Akeredolu of Ondo state made the statement on behalf of the south-west governors
Governors of the southwest states have alleged that widespread violence witnessed in Lagos during the recent protests against police brutality may have been sponsored.
The governors made the statement on Sunday, October 25, shortly after assessing the damage recorded in some parts of Lagos state.
Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo who spoke on behalf of the governors, said the violence recorded in Lagos appears to have been coordinated to weaken the economy of the southwest region.
The position of the southwest governors was disclosed in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, a spokesperson to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, The Cable reported.
The governors reportedly said the violence had moved beyond the protests against police brutality.
They said the ease at which public buildings and investments in Lagos were been destroyed raised cause for concern.
Akeredolu was quoted as saying:
“We are deeply concerned with the ease with which public buildings, utilities, police stations and investment of our people have been burnt despite the proximity of security agencies in those areas. The development leaves us with no other option than to believe that there may be other reasons for continued protests, well coordinated and funded.”
The governors also said it was worrying that soldiers were deployed to repel protesters, considering the fact that governors don’t have the authority to deploy military forces.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) on Sunday, October 25, called on Nigerian youths to quit the #EndSARS activities and embrace the generous and kind-heartedness of President Buhari.
The centre said the youths have already succeeded in earning the attention of the president on their demands
It urged the youths to sit back and allow the government do its part in ending police brutality in Nigeria.
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