Lagos State Judicial Panel probing the shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate likens the unlawful killings to a massacre.
The Lagos State Judicial Panel in its final report to the Lagos State Governor Jide Sanwoolu submitted Monday says protesters were killed at the tollgate in what could be described in the context of a “massacre.” “At the Lekki Toll Gate, officers of the Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre,” the report reads.
“The Panel also found that the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance.
“The Army was also found not to have
adhered to its own Rules of Engagement.
“The Panel found that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th October, 2020 and between that night and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its officers shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths. The police officers also tried to cover up their actions by picking up bullets.”
SARS is an acronym for Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious police unit that was scrapped by President Muhammadu Buhari in the wake of the nationwide anti-police brutality protests.
The 8-member panel took petitions, recommended restitutions and summoned military authorities over the tollgate shooting.
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