The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, revealed that the sum of $2 million (about N800 million at the rate of 400 per dollar) and N17 million was stolen from his palace during the #EndSARS protest that happened in Lagos in October 2020.
He made this known during the commissioning of the Glover Hall Memorial in Lagos on Wednesday. In his speech, he said Lagos suffered more losses during the unrest that followed #EndSARS that any other state in Nigeria.
The monarch further said that those who committed the offence would not have done that if they knew the implication.
Akiolu said: “I will support anything that will move Lagos forward. I have appealed to the Federal Government to assist Lagos with what we have suffered. The incident that happened here from October 20th to 23rd is so saddening.
“The destruction we suffered in Lagos is so enormous than in any other part of the country.
“Many buildings were burnt, including vehicles used to generate income. I can now say publicly that they stole away from my palace $2 million and N17 million.
“Those who committed the offence would not have done that if they knew the implication. But as a father, I won’t place any curse on them.”
Taking it to social media, Nigerians on Twitter wonder why a monarch will keep such an amount of money in his palace.
Below are some selected tweets.
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The Oba of Lagos says that $2 million and N17million were stolen when hoodlums attacked his palace during the last #EndSARS
He should be telling EFCC what he was doing with that amount & how he got the $2m after this revelation, but this is Nigeria, even bandits dey ball
— Architecture & Building Construction. (@UNCLE_AJALA) March 3, 2021
protesters stole $2m, N17m from my palace – Oba of Lagos, Akiolu.
Where did a king get $2m and N17m? How about the money-filled casket? EFCC your attention is needed.
Which work Oba of Lagos do wey e get 2 million dollars cash for house?— Salman???? (@NotJustSalmanPR) March 3, 2021
Where did Kabiyesi of Lagoon sorry Oba of Lagos got the money from, please? Hoping it’s not from the grandmaster of bullion van politics?— White Amadasun (@WhiteAmadasun) March 3, 2021
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