The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has proposed that the proceeds from the Lekki toll gate, Lagos state, be donated to victims of last Tuesday’s shooting during the #EndSARS protest.
According to the APC National Leader, other identifiable victims of police harassment in Lagos state should also benefit from the largesse.
Tinubu who made the statement on Monday also dismissed the allegations of ordering the deployment of military personnel against peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza on October 20, 2020.
‘’I 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 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’’.
On the allegations that he owned the Lekki Concession Tool Gate, Tinubu quickly dismissed the claims, saying the toll gate is a public asset of which he had no business interest in.
He also refuted the allegations of being involved in the killing. ‘’I did not order this or any assault against anybody neither do I have any prior knowledge about this sad event.
‘’The present situation clearly does nothing to profit me politically or otherwise.
‘’It has complicated matters for me because many people now wrongfully blame me for a violent incident in which I played no part.
The APC leader however, condemned the use of force on peaceful protesters.
‘’The use of force is completely outside the norms of a democratic society and progressive political culture to which I have aspired and devoted public life.
He maintained that government should not restrain protest activities as the people have chosen it as their preferred way to interface with government on this issue.