March 12, 2015 was a day not to be forgotten in Lagos state as armed men dressed in army uniform stormed the First City Monument Bank in Lekki, killing police officers and innocent citizens which Babatunde Fashola, the governor of Lagos State, blames President Goodluck Jonathan for the success of the robbery.
Four of the suspects involved in the deadly robbery have reportedly been arrested by the police.
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Reports has it that the suspects were arrested in Delta, Ogun, Lagos, Ondo and Osun states following a full-scale investigation propelled by the police immediately after the incident.
The police recovered two iPhones stolen from the scene of the robbery from the suspects. Police say investigation is still ongoing.
The governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola who faulted President Goodluck Jonathan for the robbery success said, over 2,123 police officers that would have helped to quell the incident were all deployed to protect the President when he came to Lagos.
Fashola, who said this at the 2015 Agric Value Chains Empowerment programme, on Tuesday March 17, lamented that the President’s visit to the state paralysed the state security apparatus so much that it could not foil the robbery.
He said nearly all the vehicles bought by the state government for the police to be able to respond rapidly to crimes were on the alert for the President.
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‘The President came to Lagos, and while citizens were being robbed, the President was protected by 2,123 security personnel.
‘Let me be very clear, the President is entitled to every protection; he is our President, but the question to ask is; when you were being traumatised, where were these 2,123 men, because you are also entitled to be protected? The reason why the President gets all that protection is so that he can protect all of us.’
Fashola said he was also worried by the reports of violence and harassment of innocent citizens during a protest by members of the Oodua People’s Congress and loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party.
‘They also showed the difference between us when the supporters of the PDP and President Jonathan came out. On March 7, just about a week ago, the APC held a solidarity walk in Lagos. Did anybody attack you on that day?
‘So, yesterday, they held their own, and instead of canvassing for your votes, they were showing you knives and cutlasses.’