The cameras that were removed at the Lekki Toll gates were not CCTV cameras but infrared cameras designed to pick number plates of cars passing through toll gate barriers, said Babatunde Sanwo-Olu governor of Lagos state.
In an interview with Arise TV, Sanwo said the decision was made by the company and he had not input in it. The company based on the directive of the government instituting a curfew, took out the infrared cameras but the CCTV cameras were still working, the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu also said the the concessionaire of the LED screen decided to disable it following the directive that a curfew has been imposed by the state and he had no communication with both companies.
The footage of disabled cameras on Tuesday contributed in fueling the anger of protesters who believed that the cameras were removed and the lights turned to pave the way for an assault by the army.
By this revelation, it would seem that the security cameras are still in place and could become a critical piece of evidence to determine what really happened on Tuesday night.
The governor also denied sending the army to confront the protesters saying the information about a shooting got to him through a phone call by a wife of one of his cabinet members.
Sanwo-Olu maintained that the government has yet to confirm deaths as a result of the attack on protesters.