Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, is getting dragged on the internet for picking up a camera at the scene of the Lekki shooting of October 20, 2020.
The footage of the minister picking up the camera with all the care in the world, and with the aid of a black piece of cloth, has since gone viral.
— Unclekjblog (@uncle_kj) October 26, 2020
Soldiers had arrived at the Lekki toll on the night and fired live rounds into a crowd of peaceful protesters, after the lights were turned off and cameras were reportedly switched off.
The Nigerian state hasn’t owned up to the attack, with Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu saying the shooting was masterminded by “forces beyond his control.”
The shooting sparked outrage in Nigeria and in the international community, and led to the burning of buildings and government property in Lagos and elsewhere across the country in the days that followed.
Looters also took advantage of the ensuing breakdown of law and order to break into warehouses and businesses, while carting away goods and food items for effect.
On Sunday, October 25, 2020, ministers, governors and legislators from the southwest region paid a visit to Governor Sanwo-Olu to sympathize with him on the carnage that has reduced the country’s commercial capital to rubble.
FLASH: Southwest Governors and Ministers together with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr @jidesanwoolu … to visit several locations across the State which got destroyed few days ago starting from the Lagos High Court. #HealingLagos pic.twitter.com/KWBuNmKJ55
— Gawat Jubril A. (@Mr_JAGss) October 25, 2020
— Tiana (@BusolaAd) October 26, 2020
Detective Fashola on the beat. Na only torchlight and notebook remain pic.twitter.com/ndVe8QbDcM
— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) October 26, 2020
Special Agent Fashola came from Abuja to Lekki to discover what nobody saw before
So everyone who had been there earlier must be blind or didn’t go that far
He even used cloth to pick up the camera so he doesn’t contaminate evidence
Everyday I question how these people think.
— MR AHMED🇳🇬 (@UncleMohamz) October 26, 2020
LASG team were at Lekki toll to check the extent of damage, Arise TV & other reporters were at there as early as the morning after the #EndSARS massacre, LAWMA cleaned it up… Somehow, it’s Fashola (the investigator) who saw a strategically positioned camera 6 days after.
— Series Abíọ́dún ☻ (@Engr_Series) October 26, 2020
— bad bitch. (@Taofeek__) October 26, 2020
— Laba Laba Master 🦋🦋🦋 (@Buchi_Laba) October 26, 2020
— Queenofcalabar (@queenofcalabar) October 26, 2020
Nigerians play too much.