​Jonathan to Fashola: Blaming me for ​Lekki Robbery​ “utterly irresponsible”

Lekki Robbery

The Presidency, Friday, reacted with anger ​to Governor Babatunde Fashola’s claim that the robbery incident in Lagos, Thursday evening, could have been averted if security personnel were not deployed to guard President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser on Media, the Presidency said that the president’s visits does not necessitate the depletion of the security personnel in the area.

Speaking to a gathering of young professionals and entertainment personalities on Thursday night, Mr. Fashola had said that police officers who would have confronted the robbers had been deployed to guard the president.

About six people, including three police officers, were killed after about half a dozen armed robbers stormed a bank on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase 1.

The robbers escaped in a speedboat after their operation, several witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos on Thursday to launch a new mobile platform, X-Gen, to increase global investment.

“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,” Mr. Fashola said at the gathering tagged ‘An Evening with Buhari and Osinbajo.’

“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.”

The presidency described Mr. Fashola’s statement as “grossly and utterly irresponsible.”

“We expect that a man of his status who is the Governor of a state should speak more responsibly,” the presidency said in the statement.

“It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever that the entire police formation in a state would be deployed to protect the president of Nigeria.

“The visit of the President (to) any part of the country does not necessitate the depletion of the police force active that particular state or its environment.

“The President has a defined team that protects him anywhere he goes and again, President Jonathan does not need the entire police force to protect him in a state where he is loved by the people and where as we have seen, he enjoys overwhelming support to the leadup of the 2015 presidential election.”


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Premium Times should unsubscribe me from their account because they would not allow fellow Nigerians to share my comment with them. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

    • K.K

      @Tambari:

      Premium Times Editors are Hijab-wearing Islamist Jihadists.
      What do you expect from them…apart from Jihadist views?

      • Onike24

        it is exactly this type of hateful rhetoric, that alienated Jonathan from the populace, so please keep posting and showing your idiocy, bear in mind that Jonathan needs the vote of Muslims, Christians, and even babalawo to win.

  • Newsbreak

    General Buhari will fight corruption by giving State pardon!!!

    “On the issue of past corrupt leaders facing trials in various courts
    across the country, i would allow the courts to decide on those cases,
    but whoever is indicted of corruption between 1999 to the time of my
    swearing-in would be pardoned. I am going to draw a line that anybody
    who involves himself in corruption after i assume office, will face the music.”

    ……….General Muhammadu Buhari

    (APC rally in Kaduna, March 11th, 2015)

    • No Comment

      Shashshshhh, no noise please, APC Lagos Leaders are in caucus session;
      featuring Alhaji Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Raji Fashola, and, Apprentice Ambode:

      • I go die O!

        “APC is constituted by at least 70 per cent of defectors from PDP,
        raising questions as to how much difference it is from the PDP itself.
        Buhari has a track record of human right abuses, a tendency towards
        fascist intolerance and an arrogant self-righteousness ethos.”

        ………….Balarabe Musa

        Ex-Governor Kaduna State

        (March 9th, 2015)

        • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

          Buhari is a supremacist

    • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

      Firstly, let Buhari solve our problem of polio, desertification and Almajiri syndrome in both our dear state Katsina and the North at large. General Gowon have succeeded in eradicating guinea -worm in the whole of Nigeria. He is not bringing anything new in the fight against corruption. The Judiciary is an independent arm of the government and the constitution is very clear even one thousand Buhari cannot interfere with the judicial process. He is a confused man and therefore playing the ostrich by extending illegal amnesty to all known and unknown treasury looters such as Tinubu, Saraki, Hassan Lawal, Amaechi, Sylva, Wamakko, OBJ, Elrufai etc to enjoy their loot.

  • Tayo

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  • Dr.Dan

    Very irresponsible comment from a governor. Must every event be politicized? How about robbery that occur on daily basis in Lagos.

    • Onike24

      not on that scale

    • GEJisaDISASTER

      You are a Dick!!!

  • Kekedu

    Lagos loves GEJ? Joker! Go on sharing dollars anyhow, we’ll use it to buy fuel for our generators. Dafty!

  • Mr. Fashola has lost it. Does it mean if Mr. President visit any company, all the policemen, army and private security would go and follow the President leaving their duty post?

    I work in a big establishment and it has never happened because the President has his own escorts… Governor Fashola should tell another lie. If his policemen had failed the state, Fashola should be blamed, not trying to divert the blames to the President

    • Onike24

      ?????? what the dickens are you talking about, are you implying that the robbery was random? these people had planned the robbery and must have calculated, rightly, it would seem that, most of the policemen in Lagos would be on presidential duty. are you suggesting that he is lying? I have made the mistake of going to Lagos when the President was around and it was a disaster! Fashola, speaks the truth, which is a bitter pill to swallow.

  • Frank Bassey

    Mr Fashola does not spend a week without attacking or abusing the President. Is this a means of diverting attention from the looting of Lagos State treasury by him and his political godfather, BAT.

    • Ade

      Frank you be animal

    • John West

      thanks Bassey, and he really looks like BAT, with that his Bull’s eyes ball

  • Saydo Shan

    On many occasions, I have witnessed witnessed the President visit Lagos. It is never funny. Nevertheless, I am not sure if our policemen will hav agreed to engage those robbers who were armed like soldiers engaging Boko Haram. I very much doubt if they will have had the guts for that.

  • Wale Adegoke

    Fashola is a cronic liar and a shameless character. He is culpable because he used one ACP Hakeem Odumosu an APC police side cick in the diversion of policemen to provide security cover for Buhari who was in Lagos during that period and some foreigners rentended from abroad to help Tinubu in terms of image laundry and cover up his fraud against the people of Lagos state. The police men were stationed at Idowu Tailor Victoria Island within the premises of a facility Tinubu dubiously christened as Freedom House.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    APC is majorly made up of irresposible persos who feel that stolen fund is might. Quite ufortunate that fashola is no better than an area boy

  • Edo Boy Nicky

    OUR POLICE ARE VERY FUNNY PEOPLE, AFTER OPERATION THEY STARTED ARRESTING INNOCENT PEOPLE WHAT A SHAME NIGERIA DAYLIGHT ROBBERY SUCCESSFUL??? I SHAME DEY CATCH ME FOR NIGERIA

  • emmanuel

    Fashola shame on you for blaming the president

  • uduak akpan

    Fashola you are a disgrace to lagosians for saying this

  • kemi

    Fashola talk like a motor park tout

  • uzo

    Fashola what has went wrong with you,why bringing shame on yourself with this comment

  • Divine West

    Every problem in Nigeria is caused by the president. This man called Fashola most be out of his mind.

  • Tunde philips

    An act of buffoonery on fashola’s side, honestly speaking, robbery and GEJ, how does that correlate?

  • Nelson David

    This man is losing it. How can he accuse Jonathan of such nonsense ?

  • chinwe davis

    fashola sha, you funny oh, robbers rob is now caused by jonathan, soon your trouser tear, its jonathan, you kitchen sink leak, its jonathan,

  • Mrs benita akpan

    Blaming President Jonathan for a robbery attack, cynical!.

  • kingsley obi

    Fashola does not have any regard for the President, and if he does not know what to say he should keep calm.

  • Dr Sam Nwiyordee

    So is he saying the state does not have enough security for its own citizens?

  • faith adams

    PGEJ should neglect him, he is not worth the time.

  • justme

    It’s obvious that Fashola need a brain check!,u shud be ashamed to admit to the entire world that u lack sufficient security agents in a state u govern!!..how is it that the entire police n security personnel will be out protecting just one person??..oga pls don’t use this incident and the death of innocent citizens to solicit for votes for ur criminal minded political party!

  • Etega

    Why is Fashola sounding like a child?. Am perplexed.

  • Emeka215

    Fashola has fallen short of his duty simple and short. So this is the sort of thing that happened in Borno and they keep on blaming Jonathan.

  • maureen

    He suppose to blame himself and not GEJ.APC is now sensing defeat.APC are always quick to jumping into conclusion,can’t. They for once investigate and be patriotic for once.

  • I dey vex

    What do you expect when a whole SAN submits to and mingles with touts? Surely he would start to think like a tout.