Social media influencer, Segun Awosanya also known as Segalink has explained his support for the reopening of Lekki toll-gate, shut in the aftermath of alleged killings of protesters on October 20, 2020.
Awosanya said it is not in the “interest of justice” for the toll-gate to remain shut after the Lagos State judicial panel had conducted their forensic investigation at the site.
The chairperson of the judicial panel Doris Okuwobi had earlier moved that the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) may reposses the toll-gate commence damage assessment, renovate and resume operations.
However, while four members of the panel including the youth representatives and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) opposed the reopening, five members including Awosanya voted for business to commence.
Many young people saw Awosanya’s vote as a betrayal of the cause of the young people of which he was formerly a hero.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Awosanya said it is time to move on warning the youths against ” marching like zombies to throw tantrums.”
He said: “It is futile making logical sense when emotions are running wild. Where in the world do you deploy sentiments & injustice to obtain justice? Is the panel an opinion panel or a judicial panel? Have you taken out time to read the ruling? Did this nullify the cases? Is this the end?” he said.
“Those manipulating you presents you with someone to hate and you march on like zombies to throw tantrums. How does granting access for assessment of damage & initiating repairs a vote against the people when the panel’s forensic team are done at the site? Why lock it down?
“How many scientists do you find staying perpetually by the microscope without leaving to work on his findings? Recall that people work in the establishment too? We all use that road. Imaging locking the whole road under claims of an ongoing investigation without the need to visit.
“There are always other routes to ensure justice without becoming the demons we fight. We need not make life harder for others just to prove a point. Everyone is entitled to fairness, equity & presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Investigation is done, cases are ongoing.
“Imagine shutting down police and Army in the name of an ongoing investigation. This to me is not in the spirit of justice. Read the ruling and if it errs on the ground of Law, Justice and Equity then we can look into that. Thus, far there’s no such claim.