By Dipo Olowookere
The chief executive officer of Loatsad Promo Media Limited, operators of the billboard at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Mr Seyi Tinubu, has admitted that his company switched off the lights at the scene of the shooting of innocent and unarmed protesters by soldiers on Tuesday night.
Yesterday, Nigerian forces shot at peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate demanding for a better police and governance in the country. It was believed that several persons were killed and many injured.
According to reports, moments before the unfortunate incident, which has been condemned widely worldwide, some persons were seen removing the CCTVs at the toll gate, while the lights were switched off.
On Wednesday, Mr Tinubu, son of a former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said his company switched off the lights on the directive of the present Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Mr Tinubu, in a statement issued by his firm through its Instagram page, noted that the lights were put off in compliance with the curfew imposed on the state yesterday.
“The board was switched off based on the Governor’s curfew request,” Mr Tinubu said, stressing that he had “no idea what was going to happen.”
According to him, the shooting has left him devastated, describing it as an “ungodly act,” praying for “the victims and families” of the unfortunate incident.
He said he supported the #EndSARS movement and promised to “continue to support the youths of this great nation.”
Read the full unedited statement below:
When we started in 2014, we had a plan to change the perception of African start-ups in the global space. We believed as Africans, we could create something great and we set out with a N4m loan from a bank and we started trading, going from door to door begging for work and relentlessly grew the business employing and empowering over 200 Nigerians today directly or indirectly. We have supported many upcoming businesses, artists, people in need as giving back to our community has always been our passion (all this can be verified).
All of our achievements thus far have come the from hard work, sweat and determination of our work force and everything Loatsad has been doing has been open, all taxes are remitted and payments to agencies and regulatory bodies have been timely, so we can be proud to say we are contributing the growth of the industry and Nation.
When the “EndSars” and “say no to police brutality” protests started from day one we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause.
On Tuesday when the curfew was announced we heeded the governors warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governors curfew request.
We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.
We believe in this movement and that it was the start of the change our generation needed to move our country forward and we will continue to support the youths of this great nation.
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