“This is the toughest night of our lives”, Nigerian governor says after protesters shot by security forces

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has visited Nigerian protesters shot by security forces.

The governor promised an investigation as the situation continued to degenerate in Africa’s most populous nation where the protesters are demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance.

In a statement he posted on Facebook, the governor said dozens of Nigerians were shot and were at various hospitals across the state.

He wrote: “This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger.

“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki .

“It has taken me this long to make a statement because I have to prioritize the welfare of the victims of this very sad incident.

“There are currently 10 patients at the Gen Hospital, 11 at Reddington and 4 at Vedic; with mild to moderate levels of injuries while 2 are receiving intensive medical care.

“3 patients have been discharged & we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.

“As the Governor of our state, I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives and livelihood of our residents.

“I will give a state broadcast in the morning.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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