The Asiwaju of Lagos State and Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has announced that the Lekki Toll Plaza’s future proceeds when it is finally reopened would be given to victims of Police Brutality in the country.
This is coming right after celebrities are asking that the toll fee be put to an end and the name of the toll plaza be changed in order to honor the lives lost in the 20/10/2020 massacre.
In the released statement on the 25th of October, 2020 the chairman of APC denied having financial hold to the toll gate and has accused hate mongers of misleading the citizens of the state into believing and thinking that.
Read statement below;
The statement reads,
“Today, I speak to those who believe in the importance of, and want to know, the truth. The slander aimed at me is based on the untruth that I own the toll gate concession. The hate mongers prevaricate that I ordered the Lekki assault because the protests had caused me to lose money due to the interruption of toll gate activity.
“The toll gate is a public asset. Given what has happened, I would like to propose to government that the toll gate be left closed for an indefinite period. If it is reopened, revenues should be donated to the confirmed victims of the Lekki attack as well as to other identifiable victims of police brutality in Lagos.
Let government use the money to compensate and take care of those who have lost life or limb in the struggle for all citizens to go about the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of life without fear of undue harassment at this or that checkpoint”.
“Although equipped with prior notice of the imminent trespass, I did not call anyone to seek or request for the army or police to deploy let alone attack, kill, or injure those who razed and vandalized these properties.
“I did not want any bloodshed. These elements, mostly hirelings of my political opponents, wreaked their havoc and destroyed those buildings and facilities and I thank God that the employees of these two media institutions managed to escape largely unharmed.
“Why would I be so moved as to instigate the army to attack peaceful, law-abiding people at the toll gate where I have no pecuniary stake, yet lift not a single finger to stop hired miscreants bent on setting fire to these important media investments?”