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Reuben Abati Describes Fashola’s Statements About Lekki Robbery as “Grossly & Utterly Irresponsible”



Reuben Abati - Bella Naija

There have been mixed reactions surrounding Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola‘s controversial statements about the Lekki robbery on Thursday that left four people dead.

You will recall that Fashola stated that the incident occurred because of President Goodluck Jonathan‘s visit to Lagos because according to him, all  security vehicles and personnel were deployed to protect the president.

The president’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, has condemned Fashola’s statement:

“We consider the statement attributed to Governor Fashola as grossly and utterly irresponsible.

We expect that a man of his status, who is the Governor of a state, should speak more responsibly. 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 or any part of the country does not necessitate the depletion of the police force active in that particular state or its environment. The President has a defined team that protects him anywhere he goes.

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 lead up of the 2015 presidential election,” he said.


  1. ufuoma

    March 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Fashola just proved himself to be a dumbass,so u dnt even need to answer him

  2. Ndubuisi

    March 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t support Jonathan because I think he is too naive but when it comes to this one FAshiola is totally wrong disrespectful. If he can keep his state safe he should not blame the president for the out come.

  3. Luqman

    March 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    That was an irresponsible statement from Fashola, how could he stoop so low to that level of blaming the other for robbery incident. A good leader always take responsibilities. The South Korean President that resigned recently just bcos of the Ferry that capsized, which took the lives of the pupils that were going for the excursion wasn’t the Sailor of the Ferry (that’s the sign of a good leader).
    On the other hand, why is it that anytime Nigerian President visits any state, there must be a disturbances by restricting the movement of the masses? I could remember my first shambolic visit to Sango Ota when Obasanjo was still at the helm of affair. They blocked the roads from Abule Egba to the road along Ifo and the Helicopter was parading for like 3omins. The securities that meant for the state were deployed there. The funniest thing after the chaotic atmosphere was that they allowed cars to move after 3omins of madness by telling us that he was not ready to leave his abode. With that experience alone i could understand when Lagosians are complaining about their movement restrictions and the deployment of security agencies bcos of one important personality (Lagos is already congested).

  4. wagamama

    March 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    As a long lover of fashola, i cannot explain why he made those statements and insinuations. Kinda dented my respect for him albeit a tinier than a grain of salt.


    • Holla!

      March 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Seriously? “As a long lover of Fashola,” Now I get it, ya’ll APC change agents are myopic, subjective and pedestrian. You know a man’s deepest thoughts when he speaks out of anger. This electioneering campaign did me a huge favour. It exposed Fashola’s underbelly. We thought he kissed the gutter goodbye when he became a lawyer, but we were wrong. Now we know better.

    • neli

      March 15, 2015 at 12:02 am

      Ruben is gej’s spokesman. Bloc isi

  5. ifeanyi

    March 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Nigerians and their stupid thinking…
    If only they knew that the Police is controlled at the federal level and there are no state policing yet in Nigeria.
    Do the Maths…and understand why He said what He said!

    • Fairgame

      March 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      You are the one that his stupid in your thinking. The police controlled by the federal government in your opinion means that the state government provides the president with security when he visits? How dumb. The president has his security that goe everywhere with him. And even assuming that Lagos state provided security so it was the entire force according to Fashola. Your stupidity here is just nauseating. Instead of condemning the cheap political shot that Fashola took that has backfired you are attempting tondefend the indefensible. Shame on you. The fact is that the state governments support the police commissioners and apparatus in their states but Fashola has been busy looting Lagos for Tinubu and himself and has done nothing to support the police force in his state. And while we are at this, the resolutions of the national conference agreed on state police. But Tinubu and Fashola and APC don’t want the conference report implemented by President Jonatahn. Why?

  6. Olaola

    March 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Everyone be putting blame on other people all because of this election, while Gov Fashola’s statement is not acceptable, i think Mr Reuben himself just did a subtle campaign for GEJ and PDP. not taking anyone of them seriously. They are all politicians. May the soul of those dead ones R.I.P

  7. mara

    March 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    So true.fashola, I am disappointed!

  8. AK

    March 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    The federal govt control the police in Nigeria, so they should be made responsible for the lapses of the police.

    • ola

      March 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Yes,because so many policemen are out there doing what they are not supposed to do,some doing gateman in peoples houses and some carrying bag for oga wife around town

      So many people just read what the said and talk without doing a deep thinking on the issue.

  9. bruno

    March 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    rueben abati always kicking it were it hurts since 1960.
    fashola, apc is turning you into something you’re not.

    • Bazooka

      March 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Me I agree o GEJ is to blame! On a regular day there are police men guarding and patrolling the bridge area from the water shores under the bridge to both ends of the bridge and they are there every time, everyday in large numbers! On that day they weren’t as many as regular. So yes I believe Fashola’s statement. The police men that would have been guarding GEJ are not all in his convoy they would have been spread all over the route he was going to be taking throughout his stay in Lagos! His regular protection team cannot possibly be that large!

      Nigerians are not stupid Mr Abati sit down somewhere and shut up!

      On the other hand Kudos Jimi u beat Ambode in doing something very sensible!

    • Nengie

      March 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      This comment is dumb.. am for no party but Buhari was in town, as well as tinubu,so trust me if d number of patrol team nd securities u claim was sent for GeJ,den dsame number were with Buhari nd tinubu. And as for d police men at d bridge, I can assure u dey were as much as usual cos I passed der minutes before d robbery tuk place, dey only ran for der lives wen d robbers attacked. Get ur facts well, Dnt join d political bastards fighting for seat.

    • Kimmy

      March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Even if they were there, what wud they have done? They’ve been disappointing us since 1896

  10. ola

    March 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Fashola,me i support you jare……. so many policemen are out there doing what they are not supposed to do,some doing gateman in peoples houses and some carrying bag for oga wife around,some even doing driver when they are meant to be out there protecting lives and properties.

    Do a deep thinking on this and you will understand where Fashola is coming from.

    • Sunshine

      March 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Totally agree with your point. Yes ,Federal govt diverts secuiruty services to protect the president during any of his states visit at the expense of the public. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that .

  11. EllesarisEllendil

    March 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Simple!! make every state guarantee its own security. If the centre insists on policing the entire country then it should take the blame when it fails.
    Everybody is however forgetting the important issue, this means Mbu and some members of the upper echelon should resign.

  12. haardey22

    March 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

    as much as i don’t appreciate fashola’s statement i can relate to what he is saying. lastweek there was a robbery in a club in my area in badore, ajah calls were made to the police and soldiers in the area but the response was that they were all to report to the state house regarding the presidents visit. so i guess thats the angle Fashola is coming from. apparently the robbers know about this also thats why they struck at the time they knew security operatives werent around, they took advantage of the opportunity.

  13. lanre Daniel

    March 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    As much as I agree that Fashola overstepped certain limits, the facts are the facts. Lekki has at two amoured vehicles deployed. one at the gate and another at the edge of the Ikoyi Lekki bridge entrance into the estate. These vehicles are bought for operations such as this and they have made bank robberies in lagos very difficult as they are bullet proof. On the day of the attack, where were the vehicles? If they were not where they were supposed to be stationed, who ordered them away from those spots and for what purpose?

    Secondly, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund purchased more than four weaponised boats for the marine police installed with military grade machine guns. why were they not deployed from Ikoyi where the marine police base is, even though the robbery operation took more than ten minutes; enough ime to reach lekki by the speed boats?

    Are you folks also aware that almost a hundred percent of vehicles currently used by police in Lagos State are purchased by the State Government? Yet, their use are directly determined by the FG that controls the police. In fact, it is possible for the FG o order that the very office that funds the purchase of the vehicles be shut down by the police, using the same vehicle the state paid for.

    What the Governor communicated tastelessly is the reality of our warped federalism. When the president visits, the entire apparatus of the Police in Lagos and its equipment is at the mercy of the FG to do as it pleases. Same as under OBJ, when he was the president bu has become worse under GEJ. So, the RRS vehicle stationed at the junction of your street may be deployed to block off some road impeding the presidents free movement. So, If you call 767 at this time, there may be very little vehicle or personnel to deploy.

    The solution is to have a truly federal system where an AIG Mbu will not just come and change the officers who have led the many units charged with keeping us safe and replace them with novices just because his paymasters in Abuja think so.

    That is the real issue and not the Fashola bashing.

    PS: If what happened was just some random robbery, we pray it does no happen again. I have seen the guns carried by one of those men in the video and those who should know said they looked like people who have been trained militarily. If it is a test run of chaos towards the coming election, brace up, people.

  14. Moyo

    March 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    ok, now Reuben Abati can talk, I cannot respect anything he says either. When Fayose and Fani Kayode have been saying all sorts of rubbish against Buhari. a former head of state. Reuben went deaf and dumb, in any case who will the fly support if not the man with sores.

  15. zinnypearl

    March 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    dont put the blame on anybody you are the governor you should protect your people.

  16. Taipan!

    March 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    GEJ! is to be blamed for allowing freedom of speach to people like Fashola, Ameachi and others insulting him on media bcos he is a true democrat, the point is that he is naturally blessed and as they say, who God has blessed no man can course. he will keep elevating and bad belle people like “Angry People’s Congress’ will keep nagging like a bad wife

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