4th Mainland Bridge Lagos Marks 800 Houses For DemolitionLagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has blamed soldiers attached to the anti-crime unit Operation MESA for Friday night’s attack on his mother’s house.

Ambode said on Saturday that the soldiers involved would be sanctioned.

Premium Times had reported that heavily armed gunmen invaded the house of the governor’s mother, Christianah Ambode on 24 Oguntona Crescent, Gbagada Estate at around 7.30 pm and disarmed her police detail in a suspected attempt to abduct her.

But in a statement signed by Habib Haruna, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ambode said the conflict was between his mother’s security detail and “unruly” soldiers of Operation Mesa.

“We would like to put on record that the disturbance was not a kidnap attempt on the Governor’s mother as nothing untoward happened to her,” Mr. Haruna said.

“What really transpired was that a man parked his vehicle in front of the residence of the Governor’s mother and the security detail attached to the building asked him not to park there so as not to block the entrance.”

Mr. Ambode said the soldier who caused the altercation was a military man in civilian cloth.

“The man who claimed to be a military personnel was not in uniform as at the time of the unfortunate incident but he insisted on parking in front of the building on the ground that he was a military personnel.

“He then went on to invite military personnel attached to Operation MESA to beat Mrs. Ambode’s police details after he was advised not to park his vehicle outside the building,” Mr. Ambode said.

“At the moment, officials of the State Government are taking appropriate steps to sanction the unruly military personnel who joined their colleague to disturb public peace.”