The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has commiserated with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu and all victims of the #EndSARS protests which resulted in arson and violence on Wednesday.
The party on Thursday said that it also sympathised with security agencies over the attacks by hoodlums who infiltrated the peaceful protests.
“The empathy is to all protesters, security personnel, citizens, businesses, Oba of Lagos and indeed the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, all who have suffered deaths, injuries, property damage and loss,” it said in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani.
The PDP spokesman, however, urged Sanwo-Olu to take responsibility for the aftermath of the alleged military brutality on the peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza area.
He said: “No doubt, Gov. Sanwo-Olu was aware that the military was deployed to enforce the sudden curfew he knowingly and personally imposed on the state, disregarding all advice against such action.
“Sanwo-Olu needs to exit from the narrative of his pretence and denial.
“The party posits that the humane and expected immediate response of the state governor should have been to console the victims by making state broadcast to unequivocally apologise for the military brutality.
“The governor should make an immediate visit to the Military Barracks where the soldiers got deployed in order to identify the command that deployed them if truly he didn’t support the deployment.”
According to him, the governor should also announce that all injured victims be treated and bills passed to the government, while the dead be given state burial.
Sanwo-Olu had visited several hospitals to check on the injured victims of Tuesday’s evening alleged attacks on #EndSARS by soldiers.
The #EndSARS protests in Lagos took another dimension on Tuesday evening when soldiers allegedly shot protesters defying curfew at Lekki Toll Gate.
The development escalated violence in Lagos on Wednesday when aggrieved youths began massive destruction and razing of public and private facilities and vehicles, including invasion of the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu.