Earlier today, a video which captured the moment some hoodlums alighted from a registered Lagos BRT bus, to attack peaceful protesters in the Alausa area of the state, made rounds on social media.
It gave rise to suspicions that the Lagos State government were involved in sponsoring these miscreants to disrupt the #EndPoliceBrutality protests that has been ongoing for a week now.
With a lot of people dropping claims of who and who mobilized the hoodlums, with the support of the government, the state governor later took to his Twitter page to share a disclaimer condemning the attacks.
According to him, the state’s government will never tolerate attack on protesters and security agents will be deployed to to protect peaceful protesters.
He wrote on Twitter,
I strongly condemn the attack of peaceful protesters by armed and unscrupulous elements trying to cause chaos in Alausa today.
My government will never tolerate the attack of protesters. Security agents will immediately protect peaceful protesters from miscreants.
I have received reports involving a bus in our state bus service. Our buses will never be involved in such activities and I have instructed the state team to get to the root of it.
I will address our residents live today on developments.
I understand the atmosphere of distrust in which things are happening and how rapidly the situation has escalated, but I need to let every Lagosian understand that our government believes firmly in democratic ideals and will continue to act in accordance with our belief.