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Lekki toll gate: Lagos End SARS panel being frustrated – Member, Adegboruwa
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Lekki toll gate: Lagos End SARS panel being frustrated – Member, Adegboruwa

A legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has alerted the public of attempts to frustrate the outcome of the probe of the Nigerian Army invasion of the Lekki toll gate. Adegboruwa is a member of the Lagos Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) raised an alarm on Saturday in a terse statement. He said there are plans to block the panel “from reaching meaningful conclusions” on the shootings, promising to provide details. On October 20, 2020, troops marched to the Lekki tollgate and opened fire to disperse hundreds of protesting Nigerians. The youth-led nationwide demonstration forced the Federal Government to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious police unit. Across the country, SARS has been indicte...
Lagos state govt official allegedly tells #EndSARS panel no blood was seen at Lekki tollgate after October 20 shooting
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Lagos state govt official allegedly tells #EndSARS panel no blood was seen at Lekki tollgate after October 20 shooting

Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Lagos State Head of Service, has allegedly said there were no bloodstains at the Lekki toll gate when the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, visited the scene hours after the shooting that took place on October 20. Premium Times reports that Muri-Okunola said this during his cross-examination at the Lagos Judicial Panel on Tuesday, June 29. The state government had set up the panel to investigate acts of police brutality in the state as well as investigate the October 20, 2020 shooting incident that took place while #EndSARS protesters gathered to protest. Muri-Okunola while being cross-examined by counsels to the #EndSARS protesters, Olumide Fusika and Adeshina Ogunlana said when Governor Sanwo-Olu and his entourage including himself visited the Lekk...
EndSARS: No Evidence That Soldiers Killed Anyone At Lekki Toll Gate – US
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EndSARS: No Evidence That Soldiers Killed Anyone At Lekki Toll Gate – US

Amid overwhelming reports and claims by various bodies and media organisations, including Amnesty International and the U.S.-based Cable News Network, the United States government says it does not believe soldiers shot at protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. The U.S. view is contained in its newly-released ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria.’ It said, “On October 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end. Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during th...
Lekki Toll Gate: Arrest Bala Mohammed, Abbas, Not Protesters – HURIWA
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Lekki Toll Gate: Arrest Bala Mohammed, Abbas, Not Protesters – HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemn the clampdown and arrests of peaceful protesters at the controversial Lekki Toll Gates in Lagos State. The National Coordinator of the rights group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said on Saturday in Abuja that the conspiratorial silence of the Nigerian Police and the Department of States Services to the open backing of armed herdsmen by Bauchi State governor Bala Mohammed and the call for arms by the Kano State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Abbas, is condemnable, especially that the Federal government is showing double standards and gross violations of human rights of protesting citizens who are law abiding and peaceful threatens constitutional democracy. HURIWA which compares the curren...
Olumide Akpata Condemns Arrest Of Lekki Toll Gate Protesters
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Olumide Akpata Condemns Arrest Of Lekki Toll Gate Protesters

The images & footages of the unlawful actions of the Nigerian Police at the Lekki Tollgate Lagos are truly shocking. The @NigBarAssoc condemns the brazen disrespect for the fundamental rights of unarmed citizens who are merely exercising their rights to peaceful protests. We are currently working together with members of our Association to ensure the release of those detained. At the moment, we understand that the detainees are spread across Panti, Adeniji and Ikeja Police Stations and that they are currently being denied access to their Lawyers. This is totally unacceptable and we call on the Police to immediately release them or allow them unhindered access to their lawyers. For Protesters who do not have legal representation the @NigBarAssoc is setting up a team of volunte...
Police Brutality: I May Resign From Lagos Judicial Panel – Adegboruwa
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Police Brutality: I May Resign From Lagos Judicial Panel – Adegboruwa

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the Lagos Judicial Panel on police brutality, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said he cannot in good conscience continue to sit on the panel as there are cases of fresh police brutality at Lekki on Saturday. The human rights lawyer said he was consulting with his colleagues on the civil society, so he could take a decision with regard to his continued participation as a member on the panel. Adegboruwa said he was saddened at the way police dehumanised people at Lekki. “My heart is very heavy. I’m saddened and devastated. My soul is sorely troubled at this time. “For decades before the advent of this administration, Nigerians have risked their lives, liberties, their times and their energies, their resources, to win back this country on the ...
Police Charge Debo Macaroni, 39 Other Lekki Protesters To Court
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Police Charge Debo Macaroni, 39 Other Lekki Protesters To Court

The police have charged about 40 Lekki Toll Gate protesters before a mobile court in Yaba, according to lawyers involved in the case. The protesters, including entertainer Debo Macaroni, were charged on Saturday evening for taking part in a demonstration against injustice at Lekki Toll Gate, scene of October 20, 2020, killing of protesters by armed Nigerian soldiers. The protesters were taken to Panti, a police unit notorious for handling tough criminal cases. It was unclear why all the protesters, who have not been accused of any crime, were taken to the station in central Lagos’ suburb of Yaba. Two lawyers working on the matter told Peoples Gazette the protesters were currently being arraigned before a mobile court system. They are expected to be released after entering their ...
Adamu Garba Condemns Arrest Of OccupyLekkiTollGate Protesters
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Adamu Garba Condemns Arrest Of OccupyLekkiTollGate Protesters

Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba has condemned the arrest of peaceful protesters by men of the Nigeria Police at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday. Some #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters stormed the toll gate today, to protest against the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate following alleged killing of protesters on October 20, 2020. However, officers at the scene, were seen in trending videos arresting and putting some protesters in a Black Maria. Speaking in reaction to the arrest, Garba argues that so long as they are not causing inconvenience to other citizens, then they have the right to protest peacefully as permitted by law. Taking to his Twitter account, the APC chieftain wrote; ”In as much as the #EndSARS protesters are not blocking the way for other citiz...
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Calm At Lekki Toll Gate As Police Stop Planned Protest

In compliance with the security directive, organisers of the planned protest scheduled to take place at Lekki-Epe Toll Gate failed to show up as armed policemen are currently patrolling the axis to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry. However, at about 11 am, some suspects were picked up by the police for loitering without cogent reasons. About five suspects were arrested and taken into the waiting Black Maria vehicle stationed at the toll gate. A man who drove in his private car with a placard bearing inscription, ” One Nigeria,” was immediately intercepted by the police and after brief interrogation was whisked into the Black Maria vehicle before taken away to an unknown place. His motion camera was also seized in the process. Meantime, the state Comm...
Lawyers To Free 13 Lekki Protesters From Lagos Police
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Lawyers To Free 13 Lekki Protesters From Lagos Police

Two lawyers in Lekki said on Saturday they would quickly move to free protesters who were taken into custody by the police on Saturday morning. At least 13 protesters were reportedly arrested after showing up early for the protest against reopening of Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Saturday. The toll gate was the scene of a deadly shooting by Nigerian soldiers on those campaigning against police brutality on October 20, 2020. On February 6, a judicial panel hearing cases of police brutality in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests gave its nod for the reopening of the toll facility, in a controversial 5-4 decision that immediately caused fissures amongst members. Nigerians, however, kicked against the panel’s decision, saying it was insensitive to reopen the toll gate before vic...
Youth Rep, Rinu Oduala Pulls Out Of #EndSARS Panel In Lagos
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Youth Rep, Rinu Oduala Pulls Out Of #EndSARS Panel In Lagos

Rinu Oduala, a youth representative on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate last October has stepped down from the panel. She made the disclosure on Friday in a piece, ‘Let’s stay the course of justice, partial wins are not enough’. The activist, who faulted the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate, maintained that justice has not been served to victims of the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020. The PUNCH had reported that the panel, last Saturday, decided to hand over the tollgate back to its operators, Lekki Concession Company, after forensic experts submitted their report on the October 20, 2020 incident. Four members of the panel including Oduala faulted the decision of the panel...
OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos Attorney-General issues Public Statement
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OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos Attorney-General issues Public Statement

PRESS CONFERENCE ON PROPOSED #ENDSARS #OccupyLekkiTollGate PROTEST" 1. Our attention is drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday February 13, 2021 at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate. 2. The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which guarantees the Rights to Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly. However, such right does not permit the violation of the Rights of other citizens in the State. 3. While the State recognises the importance of exercising the Rights to Peaceful protests, same cannot extend to blockage of roads and or preventing other members of the public from enjoying their Fundamental Rights to move freely within the State. 4. Any person or group with such desire to Pr...
Why I supported reopening of Lekki Toll Gate – Segun Awosanya
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Why I supported reopening of Lekki Toll Gate – Segun Awosanya

Convener of EndSARS movement and social media activist, Segun Awosanya, also known as Segalink has revealed why he supported the handing over of the Lekki Toll plaza to the Lekki Concession Company LCC. Recall that the panel probing the alleged killing of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate on Saturday approved the reopening of the toll plaza and returned control to its owners, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). This led to serious backlash from Nigerians who kicked against the reopening of the toll gate due to the fact that justice has not taken its due cause. Segalink was also dragged for supporting the move to reopen the toll gate. Reacting, the social media activists in a post via his Twitter account said that it is not logical to shut down the Lekki toll gate. Accordin...
Again, Lai Mohammed Berates CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
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Again, Lai Mohammed Berates CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has condemned the Cable News Network (CNN) over its coverage of the riot at Capitol Hill on the United States and the Lekki Toll Gate shooting in Lagos. Mohammed told THISDAY in an interview that CNN created division and concocted lies against Nigeria when the federal government insisted on regulating social media. He said when a scenario similar to the Lekki incident occurred in the US on January 6, CNN categorised the US Congress attackers as “insurrectionists” while describing the EndSARS crowd at Lekki on October 22, last year as “peaceful” and “harmless” protesters. The minister said CNN’s objection to the federal government’s attempt to regulate the social media ran against logic given that Twitter and Instagr...
‘You Will Soon Lose Credibility’ – Lai Mohammed To Amnesty International
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‘You Will Soon Lose Credibility’ – Lai Mohammed To Amnesty International

'Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed accused AI of disinformation and double standard. “If Amnesty International has any proof, it should come out with it or shut up. “After a lot of dillydallying, Amnesty International said 12 people were shot at the Lekki Toll Gate. “They should take advantage of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by Lagos state to tell the names and addresses of the 12 people they claim were shot at the toll gate,’’ he said. Mohammed also accused the global body of double standard in the handling of cases involving Nigeria and some other developing countries compared to some developed world. He said the AI did not say one word when the American government arreste...
#EndSARS: Lagos State Government Pays For Forensic Examination Of Lekki Toll Gate
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#EndSARS: Lagos State Government Pays For Forensic Examination Of Lekki Toll Gate

Lagos State Government has paid forensic experts to unearth the truth of what happened at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020. Chairman of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims police brutality, Justice Doris Okuwobi, disclosed this on Tuesday while ruling on an application filed by the Lekki Concession Company. The LCC is seeking permission to have access to the toll plaza for the purpose of evaluating the damage done at the toll gate in order to commence the necessary repairs. Speaking further, Justice Okuwobi also disclosed that the forensic experts would have commenced its work earlier but for the holidays which made it difficult for the experts to get access to relevant documents and exhibits which have previously been tendered before the panel. ...
Lekki Shooting Victims Storm Lagos Panel Of Inquiry
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Lekki Shooting Victims Storm Lagos Panel Of Inquiry

15 protesters who suffered gunshot wounds during the #EndSARS protests in Lagos have visited the Lagos State Court of Arbitration and Mediation in Lekki, venue of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters. 14 of them were said to have been shot at Lekki Toll Gate on the evening of October 20, while one was said to have been shot Ojodu Berger. In their entourage was Mr Nathaniel Solomon, whose younger brother Abouta Solomon was said to have been shot dead at the toll gate. The deceased has since been buried in his hometown in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, and Aiyedungbe Olufunmi Grace, whose brother died at LASUTH after suffering gunshot wounds to the head. Grace told The Nation that after he...
Lekki Toll Gate Shooting: My Leg Was Amputated After I Was Shot – Adebayo Francis
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Lekki Toll Gate Shooting: My Leg Was Amputated After I Was Shot – Adebayo Francis

A 23-year-old man who claims to be a victim of Lekki Toll Gate shooting tells ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS that the subsequent amputation of his right leg is a nightmare he has been unable to wake up from Twenty-three-year-old Olalekan Faleye, a survivor of the shooting that attended the peaceful #ENDSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, says he has become an amputee after the gunshot injuries he sustained to the leg on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. He had undergone surgical amputation of his bullet-ridden right leg. The shooting incident had attracted national and international outcry, with the Lagos State and Federal governments being urged to unravel the identity of the shooters and who deployed them. Speaking exclusively with PUNCH HealthWise a few days after he was discha...
Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG
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Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG

The Federal government has vowed to punish the Cable Network News, CNN for carrying out unverified information from the controversial Lekki Toll Gate incident. It also vowed not to spare any media organization both local and international that attempted to set Nigeria on fire through unverifiable reportage. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the vow on Friday at a stakeholder’ meeting with the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) held in Abuja. The Minister, was reacting to the controversial report by the American Cable News Network, CNN which it said had acknowledged their letter of complaint and promised to probe same on its merit. He accused CNN of spreading fake news by switching casualty figures at Lekki Toll Gate so casually without...
Ibrahim Taiwo, Officer Representing Army At Lagos Judicial Panel, Promoted To Major-General
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Ibrahim Taiwo, Officer Representing Army At Lagos Judicial Panel, Promoted To Major-General

Ibrahim Taiwo, the officer representing the Nigerian army at the panel the Lagos state government set up to probe the Lekki shooting has been promoted from brigadier-general to a major-general. Soldiers had, on October 20, forcefully dispersed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate and this led to an outcry. Following the protest to end police brutality, the Lagos government set up the panel to look into allegations of rights abuses by the police special anti-robbery squad (SARS). But the shooting of protesters at Lekki has been on the forefront at the panel, and Taiwo, commander of the army 81 division intelligence brigade, has been the one making a defence for the soldiers’ action. According to military sources, Taiwo was elevated to the rank of a major-general after ...
Nigeria Petitions CNN Over #EndSARS Report
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Nigeria Petitions CNN Over #EndSARS Report

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday petitioned the Cable News Network (CNN), demanding “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident. The petition threatened to take legal action and urged the network to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism. In the petition addressed to Mr Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the government said if the international media organisation failed to carry out its demand, it will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the #EndSARS crisis. The petition dated Nov. 23 and personally signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in...
Uk parliament calls for severe sanction on Nigerian government
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Uk parliament calls for severe sanction on Nigerian government

Members of the United Kingdom Parliament Monday pushed for possible sanctions against the Nigerian government officials over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests. The calls for sanctions were made on Monday evening when the Petitions Committee of the UK Parliament held a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 554150, relating to Nigeria and the sanctions regime”. Petitions debates are general debates which allow members of parliament from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to government ministers. A member of the Petitions Committee, Theresa Villiers MP, opened the debate, while the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office sent a minister to res...
#EndSARS: Most Businesses Looted & Destroyed In Lagos Were Owned By Igbos – Army
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#EndSARS: Most Businesses Looted & Destroyed In Lagos Were Owned By Igbos – Army

The Nigerian Army has said that most of the businesses looted or destroyed in Lekki, Ajah, Sangotedo and nearby places were owned by people of Igbo extraction. Brigadier-General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo stated this in his testimony at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters. The Army is testifying following its invitation by the panel in the wake of the October 20 shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate. The Army has denied accusations that it shot and killed unarmed protesters.
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EndSARS: Youth Reps Pull Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel After CBN Freeze Accounts

The youth representatives at the Lagos Judicial Panel refused to sit during Saturday’s session. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry was set up by the Lagos State Government, to probe the Lekki toll gate shootings and several complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). However, after Central Bank obtained a court order to freeze the bank accounts of Adegoke Pamilerin and Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu alongside 17 others linked to the EndSARS protests, the youth reps boycotted today’s sitting. Anakle CEO, Editi Effiong, who was present at the venue tweeted the updates. “The youth panel members are NOT here. They’re pulling out in protest as one of the members’ (@SavvyRinu) bank account was frozen by @cenbank. “...
I Have Never Been Bribed By Government – Omotola Reacts To Bribery Accusations
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I Have Never Been Bribed By Government – Omotola Reacts To Bribery Accusations

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has reacted to allegations that the government paid her to cast doubts about the Lekki toll gate shooting. The actress denied these allegations and said she has never been bribed by the government. She added that she can't be lured by money and went on to explain the reason for her statement. Omotola said she realized that it appeared the authorities were trying to deny people were killed at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020, so her tweets were aimed at stating that whether anyone died or not doesn't change the fact that a crime happened and innocent unarmed protesters were shot at. She said her tweet was misconstrued and people began assuming she had been paid. The tweet from Omotola that cause outrage reads: "If People died during the Lekki To...
#EndSARS: We Can’t Walk Freely Again — Police
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#EndSARS: We Can’t Walk Freely Again — Police

No one had envisaged that the #EndSARS protest by Nigerian youths against police brutality which started peacefully about three weeks ago would turn out a nightmare for the entire country with the level of destruction that ended it after it had been hijacked by hoodlums. At the initial stage, some state governors not only received the protesters and addressed them but even joined in the protest march to the police headquarters. But miscreants and hoodlums soon took advantage of the protest to molest and extort residents. The turning point was the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Tuesday 20th October 2020 by soldiers where a number of protesters merely armed themselves with the national flags and singing the Nigerian national anthem. This resulted in national and intern...
Army Secretly Moved 20 Lekki Massacre Victims To IDH Mortuary – Sahara Reporters
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Army Secretly Moved 20 Lekki Massacre Victims To IDH Mortuary – Sahara Reporters

SaharaReporters gathered that the Lekki massacre victims were moved to the IDH mortuary after a postmortem examinations was conducted on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. At least 20 bodies of EndSARS protesters massacred at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos by operatives of the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020, were on Friday secretly moved to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) mortuary in Yaba. SaharaReporters gathered that the Lekki massacre victims were moved to the IDH mortuary after a postmortem examinations was conducted on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The IDH mortuary is beside the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hos...
Lagos Judicial Panel Visits Military Morgue, Insists On Inspecting Dead Bodies
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Lagos Judicial Panel Visits Military Morgue, Insists On Inspecting Dead Bodies

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Restitution for victims of SARS Related Abused and other matters Friday visited the military hospital at Ikoyi, insisting on inspecting the mortuary. After about 30 minutes denial, soldiers were said to have granted them access to the area. A member of the panel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, said the panel has ‘confidential information’ that certain events took place in the hospital on October 20, 2020. His words “We are exercising our mandate on behalf of the governor of Lagos State under the tribunal of inquiry laws. “We have already inspected the Lekki toll gate today and we decided to pay an unscheduled visit to the mortuary of the Military Hospital because we have confidential information concerning certain events that took pla...
Lekki Shootings: Olowu Of Kuta Demands Probe Of Amnesty International
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Lekki Shootings: Olowu Of Kuta Demands Probe Of Amnesty International

The Olowu of Kuta in Ayedire Local Government area of Osun state, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama has called for a probe of the Amnesty International for announcing that it tracked troops of the Nigerian Army from Bonny Camp to the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20. Oba Makama made the call in a statement made on Thursday while also appealing to Federal and state governments to intensify the implementation of programmes and policies designed to empower millions of struggling youths across the country. Amnesty International had on Wednesday released what it called the ‘timeline of troop movements to the Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS protests’. The Oba, who said Amnesty International had the right to operate legally anywhere, however, contended that as an inte...
Soldiers Used Blank Ammunition In Lekki Shooting – Sani Usman
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Soldiers Used Blank Ammunition In Lekki Shooting – Sani Usman

Former Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman on Thursday claimed that Military personnel who shot protesters at Lekki toll gate used ‘blank ammunition. Usman in an interview with Arise News said the blank ammunition used to disperse protesters has little or no effect on its target. Recall that the Army had earlier denied that its officers were present at the scene of the shooting. But on Wednesday, the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) revealed that the Lagos State Government invited the military to intervene during the EndSARS protests. Speaking on Thursday Usman said, “If you look at the canisters, they were blank ammo and blank ammo don’t even kill. At a close range, maybe 100metres – maybe it will have some pigmentation on your skin. “Remem...
Lekki Toll Gate: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run This Country — Femi Adesina
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Lekki Toll Gate: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run This Country — Femi Adesina

The Presidency has said Amnesty International does not run the country and was wrong in its report on the movement of military men from the barracks to Lekki Tollgate, where peaceful #EndSARS protesters were shot at on Tuesday, October 20. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, said this on Channels TV, Thursday morning, while responding to claims that military high-handedness towards the protesters at Lekki Tollgate led to hoodlums looting and burning across the country. Also exonerating the military, Adesina said that the Lekki Tollgate incident didn’t precipitate the arson and looting spree that spread across the country. Vanguard had reported that Amnesty International, on Wednesday, released a report entitled “Nigeria: Th...
Why Family Members Of Lekki Victims Are Afraid To Speak – Falana
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Why Family Members Of Lekki Victims Are Afraid To Speak – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says family members of those affected by the shooting at Lekki toll gate have refused to speak about the incident “because of the environment under which we operate”. The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who said the military is “known for lies and deception”, said there must be justice for the victims of Lekki shooting. He spoke at a virtual #EndSARS meeting organised by Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, on Wednesday. Narrating how the Nigerian Army “covered up” the reported killing of 347 Shi’ites in Zaria, Kaduna state, in 2015, Falana said the Lekki incident must not be swept under the carpet. Soldiers had reportedly opened fire on the Shi’ites during a procession at a time the convoy of Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff,...
Falz Celebrates His 30th Birthday Today; Prays For A Better Nigeria
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Falz Celebrates His 30th Birthday Today; Prays For A Better Nigeria

Nigerian singer and  lawyer, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, took to his Instagram page this morning to announce that he is 30 years old today October 27. He paid tribute to those who lost their lives at Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS Protest. He also prayed for a better Nigeria. He wrote: "Mixed feelings. It has been a week since we lost our brave soldiers at the toll gate. I have also now officially been on this earth for 30 years. I pray for a much better tomorrow. I pray for a Nigeria that I can truly be proud to call home"   https://www.instagram.com/p/CG02YP9BoIU/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Lekki: ASCAB Identified The Barracks Of Soldiers Who Shot Protesters – Falana
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Lekki: ASCAB Identified The Barracks Of Soldiers Who Shot Protesters – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 And Beyond (ASCAB) has identified the barracks of the soldiers who opened fire on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos. On Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on the protesters who blocked the toll gate while demanding an end to police brutality. The issue sparked an outrage across the globe. Speaking when he featured on ARISE TV on Monday, Falana, who is chairman of ASCAB, said the group has been able to trace the barracks where the soldiers came from. “We have already identified the barracks where the soldiers left for Lekki, we have already identified the barracks,” Falana said. “The President was likely to have been told, soldiers were ordered so I want to believe that’s why it was not addressed and ...
Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai
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Criminals Are Threatening Us With Travel Ban – Buratai

After Initial denial by the Nigerian Army that its officers were not at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, where peaceful protesters were shot and killed last Tuesday, the military has come out to say its officers were only ensuring compliance with a curfew put in place by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, earlier that day. Soldiers killed over 10 peaceful demonstrators and left scores more injured. The Nigerian Army has now said its officers were simply ensuring compliance with the curfew put in place in Lagos State. In a statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said some people were trying to discredit the military and Nigerian Government. Though Musa did not make direct reference to Tuesday killi...
Nigerian Military Officers Ordered Shooting Of Protesters In Lekki – Sanwo-Olu
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Nigerian Military Officers Ordered Shooting Of Protesters In Lekki – Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-olu has admitted that Nigerian Military officers ordered the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate last week Tuesday. Sanwoolu, during a live interview on CNN, disclosed that according to CCTV footage gotten from the scene of the shooting, officers of the Nigerian Army were responsible for the attack. POLITICS NIGERIA earlier reported that the Lekki shooting generated a massive outcry from human rights organisations and the international community, with many calling for a thorough investigation into the incident. When asked about who ordered the shooting and which security branch carried out the order, Sanwoolu said; "From the footage that we can see, there are cameras at that facility. It seems to me that...
Sanwo-olu Receives Request To Release CCTV Footage Of Lekki Shooting
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Sanwo-olu Receives Request To Release CCTV Footage Of Lekki Shooting

A legal practitioner, Inibehe Effiong, has formally asked the Lagos State Government to release the CCTV footage of the Lekki shooting. On October 20, soldiers fired live bullets at unarmed protestors at the toll gate. The action, heavily criticized across the world, caused an unspecified number of deaths and several injuries. The Defence Headquarters claimed that videos about the incident on social media were photoshopped. On Monday, Effiong announced that he had made requests to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The fiery lawyer wants: “Authenticated Copies of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) records showing the attack on #EndSARS Protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on October 20, 2020; “Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Instrument setting up the Judicial Panel of In...
The Truth About Lekki Toll Gate Will Be Exposed When Buhari Leaves Office – FFK
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The Truth About Lekki Toll Gate Will Be Exposed When Buhari Leaves Office – FFK

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says the truth behind the Lekki tollgate gunshot will only be exposed after President Buhari leaves office. FFK stated this on his Twitter handle while reacting to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, discovering a secret camera at the Lekki tollgate. Read his tweets below ''Why would a Minister remove a camera from the crime scene of the biggest mass murder in our history? If the camera was planted by Govt. they will show us what they want us to see. If the camera was not planted &provides evidence of genocide it will be doctored or destroyed." "The deep state is at work here but we cannot be fooled. It is only after PMB leaves office that the truth about what happened at the Lekki Toll gate will be exposed.Afte...
Buratai, Army Commanders Meet On Insecurity, Lekki Shooting
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Buratai, Army Commanders Meet On Insecurity, Lekki Shooting

Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, is in a meeting with top hierarchy of the military. They include Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and Commander of the Guards Brigade. Also in attendance are commanders of the Army operations, unit commanders, among other senior officers. The parley is holding at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. On the agenda are insecurity in Nigeria, EndSARS protests, violence and looting in states as well as the Lagos shooting. The Lekki toll gate incident on October 20 sparked global outrage. The United States and others have called for probe of those who opened fire on unarmed protesters
A Bat From Hell And The Asiwaju Of Blood – Femi Fani-Kayode Writes Tinubu
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A Bat From Hell And The Asiwaju Of Blood – Femi Fani-Kayode Writes Tinubu

A BAT FROM HELL AND THE ASIWAJU OF BLOOD My dear Asiwaju Tinubu, Even if the whole country is cowed and mesmerised by you and applauds your callousness, vanity, evil, subterfuge, deceit, ruthlessness, obsessive ambitions, lack of fear of God and doubkespeak I FFK, the Voice of the Voiceless, the Servant of Truth, the Lover of God, the Beloved of the Lord, the Otunba of Jogaland, the Sadaukin Shinkafi, the Odum Agu and the Odugwu Eze will not. Your spell cannot silence, bind or blind me like it has done to others. I see you for what you are and your vain and boastful words here have confirmed it. To think I once loved and admired you gives me sleepless nights and goose pimples. How could I have been so blind? When Baba Fasoranti's daughter was murdered by Fulani herdsmen you m...
‘Turn Back Your Children And Husband If They Bring Back Unaccounted Goods –  Buhari To Wives, Families On Looting
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‘Turn Back Your Children And Husband If They Bring Back Unaccounted Goods – Buhari To Wives, Families On Looting

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked parents and guardians not to encourage their children and wards to partake in the nationwide looting, destruction of property. “Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way, wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home,” the President said. This statement is coming just as the judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government and other states start sitting on Monday to look into the pillage that ensued following a rather abrupt halt to the #EndSARS protests across the country. President Buhari in a statement on Sunday expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were mu...
Fashola Discovers Mystery Camera At Lekki Toll Gate During Inspection
Politics

Fashola Discovers Mystery Camera At Lekki Toll Gate During Inspection

The Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Sunday, discovered a hidden camera at the Lekki Toll Gate, Admiralty Circle, in Lagos. Fashola, led a Federal Government delegation on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and destruction of properties in the violence that rocked the state last week. Fashola who discovered the camera during an on the spot assessment at the Lekki Toll Gate, subsequently, handed it over to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for forensic analysis and further investigation. Fashola said the camera must have been planted by some subversive elements priory to the reported shootings for ulterior motives. The minister, who picked up the camera with ...
Lekki Shootings: We Hid Behind Barricades To Escape, Say Eyewitnesses
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Lekki Shootings: We Hid Behind Barricades To Escape, Say Eyewitnesses

With an emotion-laden voice, Philip Chukwu initially refused to relive his experience on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos. He said he was still in shock and unwilling to grant any interview. But after much persuasion, the 29-year-old teacher at one of the private schools on Lagos Island obliged, on condition that neither his audio nor picture would be published. He said scores of youths had gathered at the Toll Gate area, playing music and eating, in continuation of the #EndSARS protests that had lasted about two weeks in the country. Earlier in the day, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had declared a 24-hour curfew which was to start by 4pm but later postponed to 9pm. The governor declared the movement restriction due to reports of killings by the police and reprisals by ...
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Deletes Lekki Toll Gate Death Tweet That Got Her Blasted
Celebs

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Deletes Lekki Toll Gate Death Tweet That Got Her Blasted

She's spitting fire on twitter.. We all know that the president's speech yesterday was an indirect threat to shun us.... But it never ends there.... It just began.... We are Nigerian youths.... We are not divided..... We are strong as ever, we are not backing down... This time they have chewed more than they can bite.... Their evil machinations to divide us shall not stand! I’m deleting that tweet so it’s not used wrongly. Apologies as it’s been misunderstood. Sorry about the use of “ if” . Please don’t distrust Everyone there are steadfast people . Know them. We move #endimpunityinNigeria #Endpolicebrutality #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria This was the tweet from Omotola that got Twitter users slamming her: "If people died during the Lekki toll gate assault, let their people speak ou...
DJ Switch Speaks About Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
Celebs

DJ Switch Speaks About Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

DJ switch finally speaks out for the first time since she luckily survived the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre The mistake we made was putting dead bodies at the feets of the soldiers, reveals as she speaks up for the first time explaining what went down on that black Tuesday, how 15 peple died, SARS also joined the shootings 45mins after soldiers had left Watch video here https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGsHrugpU4r/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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