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#EndSARS: Lagos needs healing, reconciliation after unprecedented colossal destructions – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over carnage the sate witnessed in three days of rage, saying it is an unprecedented occurrence in the history of the state.

The governor, in reaction to the colossal wanton of the destruction of properties worth several billions of naira in the state, said the city-state needed healing and speedy recovery.

Some notable parts of the state and properties were touched and destroyed when hoodlums hijacked a well-coordinated #EndSARS protests demanding end to police brutality and reform.

Sanwo-Olu, speaking after a meticulous tour of some areas in the city that were affected, a said, what he saw was not the Lagos that was handed over to him on May 29, 2019.

He added that he had never seen the level of destruction of private and public property perpetrated in the state before.

The governor, however, reviewed the curfew imposed on the state, saying residents could now move about between 8 am and 6 pm.

In the wake of the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate, hoodlums, from Wednesday to Thursday, took over the streets of Lagos, destroying targeted private and public properties and looting others.

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Following the destructions, the governor extended a 24-hour curfew he had imposed on the state last Tuesday to 72 hours as part of measures to curtail the violence.

Some level of peace returned to the state on Friday, which enabled the governor to take a tour of both private and public buildings that were razed to see first hand the level of damage done.

Some of the places he visited include the palace of Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu, which was looted and destroyed by hoodlums; Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat; Divisional Police Headquarters; Police Stations in Layeni and Amukoko; Lagos State Public Works Office at Ojodu; Ojodu Bus Rapid Transit Terminal; Igbosere High Court; Lekki Toll Plaza and Lekki Shoprite, among other facilities attacked by hoodlums in the state.

Sanwo-Olu, while addressing the media after the tour, said there was a need for Lagosians to continue to talk and dialogue.

He, however, pleaded with residents and citizens sharing fake news and misinformation to stop.

He admitted that a number of people lost their lives in several parts of the city in the course of the crisis but not directly from the Lekki shooting.

The governor, however, promised that the state government would pay the medical bills of all the victims being treated in both private and public health facilities across the state.

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