The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola has reportedly said that President Goodluck Jonathan should be held responsible for the deaths of four people during a robbery incident in the state yesterday, March 12.
The bank robbery, carried out by men in army fatigues, occurred near the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge at about 5pm.
Fashola stated that Jonathan’s presence in the state led to a drastic reduction in the number of policemen available to counter the robbers during the operation, YNaija reports.
“Because Jonathan was coming to Lagos, all the vehicles and police in Lagos were sent to be on standby for him, and there was no available not enough (sic) to stop the robbery at Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge,” the governor reportedly said during an All Progressives Congress (APC) programme titled ‘An Evening For Nigeria’ which held yesterday at the Intercontinental hotel in Victoria Island.
"Today is a very sad day because this afternoon we lost three policemen to the robbery in Lekki and it was the first of its kind in a long time. And I also know that perhaps what will be would have been but it was sad to see all our security vehicles deployed to protect one man," the governor added.
"All the vehicles we bought for the police were stationed to receive the President in Lagos while the citizens were left vulnerable. Those policemen have children. Their mothers will be have to explain to them why daddy is not coming home. May their souls rest in peace" Fashola said.
The President was in Lagos to attend a conference at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
Fashola has in recent times criticized Jonathan for his suddenly frequent visits to Lagos terming them hypocritical.