Lekki toll booth: Nigerian government refuses to report shooting as “fake news”

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Information Minister Lai Muhammad said on Tuesday that the group’s report, which was leaked and widely shared on social media last week, was “just a victory for fake news”.

At a press conference held in the country’s capital, Abuja, Mohammed doubled down on the government’s continued denial of the Lekki shooting. He said: “The report is nothing more than a triumph of fake news and noisy lynching mobs against the silent majority. Intimidation.”

The minister also criticized CNN for “celebrating” the report and “eager to demand redress.”

However, Segun Awosanya, a member of the team, told CNN on Wednesday that the team’s findings were based on objectivity and facts.

He added that while the country is still recovering from the Lekki incident, the minister’s comments are inappropriate.

The Nigerian judicial team condemned the 2020 Lekki toll booth shooting as a

Awosanya said: “No matter what Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in his press conference… in a country that wants healing, justice, and wants to win public trust, such problems should not be solved. The right way.” and added that “the team works objectively and surgically…to ensure that truth and facts are allowed to emerge, and we made our recommendations on this basis.”

Regarding Muhammad’s claim that the leaked report “cannot be relied on because its authenticity is questionable,” Awosanya told CNN that a hard copy of the report has been sent to the Lagos government.

“The report is not a public document. Leakage or non-disclosure should not be a problem for the government… What is important to us is that we submitted a hard copy to the government, and the government has promised to pass a white paper in two weeks and make it public. . We wrote this report, we put it together, and we reached a consensus on it,” he said.

The Investigation and Compensation Judicial Panel of the Lagos Arbitration Court recorded in its one-year report the shooting of young protesters who peacefully protested the alleged police brutality of the Nigerian security forces at the Lekki toll gate, which can be regarded as ” massacre.”

Once the team’s report was officially released, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken called for action. He said that “reforms may be needed” to ensure that similar incidents do not happen again.

He told CNN: “If there are individuals who, as it appears in this report, are responsible for the abuse, then they must be held accountable.”

Although CNN has compiled video evidence and multiple eyewitness accounts, the Nigerian government has long denied that protesters were shot and killed at toll booths.

According to local media reports, a week after Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that his government would implement the group’s recommendations, Mohammed rejected the report.
'He died in my arms. 'Twelve months have passed, and a mother is waiting bitterly for the cause of her son's death at the Lekki toll booth
A statement issued by the Lagos government also quoted Judge Doris Okowobi, chairperson of the panel, as saying that approximately 70 victims of police brutality have received a total of 410 million naira (approximately US$1 million) in compensation. .
The team’s report is welcome Amnesty International pointed out that “the findings of the expert group revealed the truth about what happened at the Lekki toll booth and contradicted the Nigerian government’s blatant denial of the use of lethal force against peaceful #EndSARS protesters.”
U.S. Mission to Nigeria Also welcome The group meeting ended, expressing expectation of the Lagos government’s response.
President Mohamedu Buhari told Brinken during his recent official visit to Abuja that the Nigerian government will wait for statements from teams established by other countries to investigate police brutality in that country before taking further measures.

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