Nigerians have taken to social media to lampoon the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who on Sunday, discovered a hidden camera at the Lekki Toll Gate, Admiralty Circle, Lagos, during an on the spot assessment.
The former Lagos state governor who led a Federal Government delegation at the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and destruction of public and private assets in the violence that rocked the state last week, noted that words are not enough to describe the level of destruction wreaked by the arsonists.
According to reports, some of those in the Federal Government’s entourage include Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister for Mines and Industries, Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister for Trade and Investments, Niyi Adebayo, Minister of State for Health Olorunnibe Mamora; Minister for Sport and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare; and Minister of State for Niger Delta, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura.
Also, on the entourage for the inspection tour in the company of the press are some South-West Governors such as Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state; Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State; Seyi Makinde, Oyo State; and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State.
After the discovery, Fashola was said to have handed the camera over to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for forensic analysis and further investigation.
In his words, the Minister averred that the camera must have been planted by some subversive elements prior to the reported shootings for ulterior motives.
Nairametrics reported that while handing over the camera to Sanwo-Olu after picking it up with the aid of a handkerchief, Fashola said, “I think this will help with the ongoing investigations into the shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate. It requires forensic analysis and could be used in the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the shootings at the Toll Gate, I believe.”
However, the development did not sit well with Nigerians as some have taken to social media to express their views over the discovery which came almost a week after personnel of the Nigerian Army ambushed and shot at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate, killings scores and fatally injuring many others.
Below are some of the views of Nigerians on Twitter:
@DeyOneAyekotoo “Fashola built Lekki Toll Gate, he knows where he hid that particular camera….The brain box that may eventually reveal to Lekki Drama. He revealed the camera in PUBLICLY in d day, not secretly in d night. WHEN A PRODUCT OF JAGABAN is involved in anything, it must be EXCELLENT”
@baddestcash_”Babatunde Fashola finds camera in Lekki Toll Gate after 5 days. Remember LAWMA cleaned the scene, private citizens went to clean the scene. They never found any secret CCTV Camera. This people don’t shame and they no rate us at all But still thinking how he find the camera”
@drizzybreezzy “SARS and Fashola with the bad Nigerian Government don resume work for Street, Make we self Resume!! Wahala for person wey no Retweet! #EndSARS”
@chemicalbroder “Thousands of youths passed the lekki toll gate and didn’t see the camera but the moment Fashola passed, he saw the camera. Truly, what an elder sees sitting down, a child can’t see even if he uses drone or climbs tree”
@iamseantizzle “Toll gate that was set on fire, Fashola went there and found camera as per Sherlock Holmes”
@Shawnifee “After Detective Fashola Holmes finishes his investigation on the camcorder, they need it keep it in a museum forever. Have you seen a camera that is bullet resistant, fire resistant, LAWMA resistant, loot resistant and Arise News resistant? The 8th Wonder of the world!”