Prominent Lagosians seek dissolution of Lekki tollgate after shooting incident

Prominent Lagosians seek dissolution of Lekki tollgate after shooting incident

- The Lekki tool gate may be history soon if the demands of some prominent Lagosians are met

- The prominent Lagosians want the facility dismantled with immediate effect

- They stated that the move will ease the free-flow of traffic in the area

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Some prominent Lagosians have called for the immediate scrapping of the Lekki tollgate in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos state.

The prominent Lagosians including Chief Alaba Williams, Bashorun Jaiye Randle, Ade Dosunmu, and Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, say the move will:

“Alleviate the economic burden of residents and ease free-flow of traffic in the area.”

The move comes weeks after the deadly shooting at the facility by men in military uniforms who shot at peaceful protesters.

Prominent Lagosians seek dissolution of Lekki tollgate after shooting incident
The Lekki toll gate is now remembered for the shooting incident. Photo credit: @Wikipedia
Source: Twitter

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In a 12-point communiqué issued after their maiden meeting, they charged the federal government on bringing to justice military killers of the peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the plaza on Tuesday, October 20.

They also urged prosecution of arsonists and hoodlums behind the destruction of public and private property in the state as a deterrent to others.

The gathering, which identified remote and immediate causes of the crisis to include high graduate unemployment and an influx of people from other states, deplored alleged meddlesomeness by the political class in the selection of traditional rulers.

On social media, Nigerians continue to call for justice for those caught in the crossfire at the Lekki shooting.

Shedrack Nwokolo wrote on Twitter:

“We continue to demand justice for peaceful #EndSARS victims of #LekkiGenocide who were massacred on 20.10.2020. May the Nigerian anthem they chanted and the flag they held inspire patriotism.’’

Gideon Doo Inyom wrote:

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“I woke up feeling really bad that the Nigerian government is going after protesters and arresting them but has not done anything about the soldiers that opened fire and killed unarmed protesters at the #LekkiTollGate. It’s obvious what happened at Lekki was a fully authorized.’’

Aderemi Tijani wrote:

“DJ switch was so smart to have run for her life. She would have been silently silenced for life without anyone knowing. All she did was live coverage of Lekki shootings by officers of the Nigerian Army. Seeking asylum in Canada was best to save her life from these killers.’’

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate on Monday, November 9 said that it is not aware of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) freezing the bank accounts of some leaders of the #EndSARS protesters.

According to the Senate, the governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele never wrote to it prior to taking such a decision.

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