Lekki Killings: Why We Switched Off Billboards At Toll Gate – Seyi Tinubu

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The management of Loatsad Promomedia Limited, who operates the billboards at the Lekki Toll Plaza, has said it switched off the billboard, Tuesday, in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s curfew order.

The billboards were not on when soldiers attacked unarmed #EndSARS protesters during the horror, Tuesday night. Also, the CCTV cameras were off before the protesters were shot at. There has been outrage over the decision to disable CCTV cameras and turn off the billboards which provide illumination to the area as many questions remain unanswered.

According to fatality figure later released by Amnesty International, Wednesday, at least 12 protesters were killed in the shootings as many are still receiving medical attention. But unconfirmed reports claim the death toll is higher than 12.Seyi Tinubu Asiwaju Bola

Read also: (Video) #EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu’s Family House Burnt By Thugs

Loatsad Promomedia Limited, an advert firm, owned by Seyi Tinubu, one of the sons of National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

However, loatsad Promomedia, in a statement posted on its Instagram handle, insisted it had no ulterior motive for the action.

It read: “When the ‘EndSars and ‘say no to police brutality’ protests started from day one, we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause.

On Tuesday, when the curfew was announced we heeded the governor’s warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governor’s curfew request.

“We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.”

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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