By Ayo Kehinde
Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy
The Lagos State government has denied that any protester was killed in Surulere area of the state on Monday.
According to Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, the attack on the Anti-Kidnapping unit at Hogan Bassey Street was carried out by hoodlums and not the protesters. This is contrary to an earlier report on Monday that a policeman identified as Erinfolami Ayodeji was killed by protesters in the state.
Though the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, was reportedly quoted as confirming the incident, he was also reported as saying the Command would issue a statement soon.
Mr Omotoso in his statement titled #ENDSARS: NO PROTESTER KILLED IN LAGOS, stated that the “reports that an #ENDSARS protester has been killed in Surulere. This is not true.
According to him, “A group of hoodlums stormed the Anti-Kidnapping Unit at Hogan Bassey Street, Surulere, to free two suspects standing trial for alleged kidnapping. They shot three officers. One of them, Inspector Erinfolami Ayodeji, unfortunately, died. The others are Inspectors Ekein Joshua and Peter Agabi.
“The hoodlums, while escaping, fired into the air. A bystander was hit. He also died – sadly.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commiserates with the families, who lost their loved ones and prays that God will strengthen them.
“He urges all those concerned to ensure that these protests do not degenerate further and create room for hoodlums who do not mean well for our society.
“The government is working with the Police to ensure the restoration of the peace that Lagos has always been proud of.”