Lekki Shootout: Fashola attempted to score cheap points – Fmr. SSS Director

By Mercy Momoh March 18, 2015 16:57

Lekki Shootout: Fashola  attempted to score cheap points – Fmr. SSS Director

Barr. Mike Ejiofor, a former Director of the State Security Services, SSS, has debunked Governor Fashola’s claim that the Lekki-Ikoyi robbery was as a result of the drafting of all police formation in the State to protect President Goodluck Jonathan while in Lagos State. He called it a mere political stunt.

He revealed this while speaking with Post Nigeria’s correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja.

“Who is the Chief security of the sovereign State?, Is this the first robbery incidence?, there have been countless other robberies. Has President Goodluck Jonathan been in the state when those robberies occurred? Governors Fashola’s accusations hold no water and it’s just political.”

It was reported that three policemen and three civilians died with many rushed to hospital after being hit by stray bullets.

Following the incident, Governor Babatunde Fashola stated that the President’s planned visit to Lagos led to a reduced number of policemen available on hand to take on the armed robbers.

“Because Jonathan was coming to Lagos, all vehicles and police in Lagos were sent to be on standby for him, and there was no available enough policemen to stop the robbery at Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge.

Earlier, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati speaking on behalf of the Presidency, had said Fashola’s claim was irresponsible and callous of someone of his status.

“We consider the statement attributed to Governor Fashola as grossly and utterly irresponsible. We expect that a man of his status who is the Governor of a State should speak more responsibly. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever that the entire police formation in a state would be deployed to protect the president of Nigeria.

The visit of the President or any part of the country does not necessitate the depletion of the police force active in that particular state or its environment.

The President has a defined team that protects him anywhere he goes and again President Jonathan does not need the entire police force to protect him in a state where he is loved by the people and where as we have seen, he enjoys overwhelming support to the leadup of the 2015 presidential election” he said.

“We not only consider Governor Babatunde Fashola’s statement as irresponsible, we also think that it is unintelligent because it flies in the face of facts and it just does not add up.”