Commissioner slams PDP over ‘extortion’ comments, as Lagos brace for rebuilding

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party for attempting to politicize the government efforts at rebuilding infrastructure damaged by hoodlums after the #EndSARS protests in the state.

Omotoso who spoke in an interview with the Punch described the opposition party’s statements as reflecting its lack of ‘kindness’ and ‘humanity’

The Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State said in a statement on Monday that the N1tn estimate of damage was “dishonest and extortionate tendency.” They also called for the closure of the Lekki toll plaza on allegation of extortion.

When asked if the state government will consider PDP’s suggestion, Omotoso said: “If anybody is trying to bring politics into this issue around this time, you know that the person has lost his humanity. This is something (violence) that happened and lives have been taken unnecessarily. Limbs have been broken and heads have been smashed. How many people are talking about extortion, and all of that? That shows you the kind of people we are dealing with – people who have lost their kindness and humanity. I do not know why anybody should be talking about that now.”

The Commissioner further noted that the government will set up committees comprising qualified professionals to assess the level of destruction before commencing rebuilding efforts.

“The destruction is on a scale beyond imagination. It is unimaginable and indescribable. For us to begin to put naira and kobo to it now is too early. There is going to be a committee that will consist of various professionals and which will put figures to all of these things. So, we still need to go round and assess what has been destroyed. For me, that is not my area. The destruction was too much,” he said.

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