The Lagos State Government has denied sponsoring thugs to disrupt #EndSARS protests in the commercial city.
Commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement, said the allegations trending in the social media are “obviously concocted by enemies of peace and orderliness to whip up sentiments against the government, which has been doing everything possible to resolve the crisis by identifying with our youths in their efforts towards police reforms.”
Armed thugs stormed Alausa early Thursday morning to chase away protesters, some of whom slept overnight at the entrance to the Governor’s Office.
But Omotoso said the insinuation in the social media they were sponsored by the government because they came in BRT buses was not correct.
“The Governor has been preaching peace. So has the Deputy Governor, who addressed the protesters last Friday.
“The Governor has addressed them twice – at the Lekki Toll Gate and at the House of Assembly. He even carried a placard and marched with the youths after assuring them that he felt their pains and that it was legitimate for them to protest.
“Besides, the Governor visited the President to tender their five-point demand. He ensured that all the protesters arrested by the police were released unconditionally.
‘The enemies of progress who are not happy that Lagos is not on fire are the ones fueling the infernal lies that the government was sponsoring thugs to attack our protesting youths.
“They have been posting on the social media pictures suggesting that a Lagos Bus Service vehicle was conveying thugs.
“The bus in question was on its normal operation when it ran into a group of protesters.