The Lagos state government has dismissed claims that one of the EndSARS protesters was killed by police in Surulere on Monday, October 12.
According to a statement released by the Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, the man who was killed yesterday was a bystander who wasn’t among the protesters. Omotosho said the man was killed by hoodlums who stormed the Anti-Kidnapping Unit at Hogan Bassey Street, Surulere, to free two suspects standing trial for alleged kidnapping. The hoodlums reportedly killed one policeman and injured two other officers.
Read the statement below
The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to reports that an #ENDSARS protester has been killed in Surulere. This is not true.
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.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy