The Nigerian government has denied there was a massacre at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, when soldiers opened fire on peaceful protestors.
On Tuesday, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, utterly dismissed the report of the panel put up by the Lagos State government to investigate the #EndSARS protests and the events that followed at the tollgate.
During a press conference, Mohammed argued that the alleged killings at Lekki Tollgate were a “phantom slaughter” that never happened.
The Minister went on to point out sections of the report that he claimed were illogical and a blunder on the panel’s part, which may have justified labeling it a massacre.
Mohammed presented a thorough rebuttal to the Lagos State judicial panel’s #EndSARS report, claiming that it “cannot be relied on in court and would be thrown out due to these errors.”
“There is nothing in the study that convinces us that there was no slaughter on October 20 in Lekki.”
“To change our position, all investigations must be presented to the court and must withstand scrutiny,” the Minister explained.
The victims of the claimed incident should speak out, and it is illogical to claim that families are afraid; would the same family seek compensation if they decline to testify?”
“It’s a shameful thing if a parent can’t come and testify fir the death of their child, I think such parents is unfit to be a parent.
According to him, the report was produced to humiliate the Federal Government, despite its opposition to citizen abuse, as proven by the disbandment of the Nigerian Police Force’s infamous SARS division.
“We deny that the Nigerian Army slaughtered unarmed protestors at the Lekki Toll Gate.
“The report was circulated to humiliate the Federal Government; the Federal Government would never tolerate a violation of Nigerians’ human rights.” This is why the Federal Government dismantled SARS and ordered probes in all states.
According to the article, the military opened fire on protestors, which was plainly not the case. The panel claimed that only one of the post-mortems had gunshot wounds, only to later admit that nine people had died from gunshot wounds.
“At the panel, one of the people who was supposedly shot did not testify. Where are the relatives of those who have allegedly been killed? Who are the families if the tribunal recommends compensation?
“How can a judicial panel persuade anyone that the names on the list of casualties aren’t made up?” There are no surnames yet, and no one has been verified killed. Why is the panel so preoccupied with the phantom massacre? …