Lekki Robbery: Blame Jonathan, he took away police officers — Fashola

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State governor, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the robbery incident in Lagos, Thursday evening, could have been averted if enough officers were available. About six people, including three police officers, were killed by about half a dozen armed robbers who stormed a bank on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase 1. The robbers escaped in a speedboat after their operation, several witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES. “Perhaps what would be would have been, but it’s sad to see all our security personnel, all our security vehicles deployed to protect one man,” said Mr. Fashola, who spoke at an event, An Evening with Buhari and Osinbajo, in Lagos. “All the vehicles we bought for the police were stationed to receive the President in Lagos. Those policemen have children and tonight their mothers will have to explain to them why daddy is not coming home.” Mr. Fashola requested a minute of silence for the deceased officers. Mr. Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos on Thursday to launch a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, to increase global investment. Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who is Mr. Jonathan’s main challenger in this month’s election, was also in the state to meet a gathering of young people at a programme tagged, Secure the Future: Discussing the Future with the Youth. The APC candidate was, however, absent at a later event where he was scheduled to meet young professionals and personalities. In 2011, while receiving six patrol gun boats from the Lagos State government, Yakubu Alkali, then Commissioner of Police, said that the boats would be deployed to Marina, Apapa, Ijora, Atlas Cove, Lekki Phases 1 and 2, Ibafon, Epe, and Badagry. “It is only hoodlums who want to commit suicide that will dare take on the Marine Police,” Mr. Alkali said at the time. “These gun boats are not only high-tech, they are fast, highly maneuverable and deadly; faster and deadlier than anything the hoodlums can ever boast of.”

9 Comments

  1. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    March 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    May those that lost their lives RIP, after 28 we will rest for APC and PDP presidential election

  2. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    March 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    May those that lost their lives RIP, after 28 we will rest for APC and PDP presidential election…

  3. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    March 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    May those that lost their lives RIP, after 28 we will rest for APC and PDP presidential election.

  4. Shobande Keymon Yomi

    March 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Why will he such thing? Is that the person who I’ll vote for? Over my dead Body

  5. Tyra bello

    March 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    But those thieves must be pro… Wooow! They are enjoying their success now while those families of the deceased are crying. Shey? Your days are numbered

  6. Louis Offor

    March 13, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    What a shame! Even though, the security detailing for Mr President’s visit and the subsequent shortage in manpower can’t be completely isolated from the armed robbery incident in lekki, i will still not subscribe to the trading of blames, i think Governor Fashola shouldn’t have said this, at least for the honour of those who lost their lives! It was ill-timing coming from Governor Fashola.

  7. Grace Aigbokhae

    March 13, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    This is not time to put blames on anyone. that’s politic for U.

  8. Eunice Aigbokhae

    March 14, 2015 at 5:32 am

    God will help us IJN, Amen

  9. Ndubuisi Oscar

    March 15, 2015 at 12:16 am

    This man is funny, how can you say the president took all the police in Lagos away, I hope even your security was among he took, because if you walk alone nah die be dat.