Brandnewsday reports that #EndSARS protesters in Alausa, Ikeja, Nigerian commercial city, were attacked by hired thugs to disrupt their peaceful protest.
Many protesters have accused the State Governor as one of the main architects behind the art of acts displayed by the thugs.
However, on Thursday evening, the Governor in a statement released by the Commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, distanced his administration from the attacks on the peaceful #EndSARS protesters.
Omotoso statement reads: “The Governor has been preaching peace. So has the Deputy Governor, who addressed the protesters last Friday.
“The Governor has addressed them twice – at the Lekki Toll Gate and at the House of Assembly. He even carried a placard and marched with the youths after assuring them that he felt their pains and that it was legitimate for them to protest.
Sanwo-Olu: Thugs Disrupt #EndSARS Protest in Alausa Lagos
“Besides, the Governor visited the President to tender their five-point demand. He ensured that all the protesters arrested by the police were released unconditionally.
“The enemies of progress who are not happy that Lagos is not on fire are the ones fueling the infernal lies that the government was sponsoring thugs to attack our protesting youths.”
Speaking further, the statement reads: “They have been posting on the social media pictures suggesting that a Lagos Bus Service vehicle was conveying thugs.
“The bus in question was on its normal operation when it ran into a group of protesters.
“The passengers, who felt endangered, rushed out of the bus. They returned to continue their journey after the charging crowd had left.”
The commissioner further assured Lagosians on the commitment of Governor Sanwo-Olu to ensure that the demands of the #EndSARS are met.
He continued: “We are strongly committed to ensuring that our youths, who have taken to the streets to air their views, are well protected.
“This should be a sober time for us all as we struggle to reverse the negative effects of COVID-19 on our economic and social lives, even as the experts are warning that a second wave is likely if we shun the safety guidelines we have all agreed to embrace.
“The government seeks the co-operation of all in ensuring that the crisis is put behind us as soon as possible,” he stressed.”