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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...
Interviews With Victims Of The Lekki Shooting By ARISE News (Video)
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Interviews With Victims Of The Lekki Shooting By ARISE News (Video)

The call for #EndSARS victims to come forward to testify is beginning to yield success. In the wake of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry sitting, more victims from the Lekki tollgate shootings are now speaking up. ARISE correspondent Ozi Okoli has the story. Edwin Augustine: A victim, Mr Augustine recalls how the light went off and soldiers started shooting and how a guy was shot by the side. While checking the guy that was shot, he also got shot in his thigh. (He showed where he was shot) He said he passed out and woke up the next day at the Ikeja General hospital. Edwin Augustine said he wonders why the government said they didn't shoot at them while he still has the bullets in his body. Another victim and his father also narrated their experiences. The father said he met h...
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 ...
#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed
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#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed

On October 23, CNN Africa had tweeted that at least 38 persons were killed on Tuesday, October 20, when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. This tweet was referring to the Lekki shooting incident. The tweet read: ''At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters But the President failed to address the carnage during his speech on Thursday, drawing criticism from protesters who accuse him of failing to show empathy & unify the nation'' In an updated tweet, CNN Africa has now come out with a clarification. It reads: ''Clarification: This tweet from October 23 did not attribute the death toll from protests in Nigeria to Amnesty International. The tweet also did not make it clear that the death toll was for...
Lekki Shootings: New Report Shows CNN Is Desperate — Lai Mohammed
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Lekki Shootings: New Report Shows CNN Is Desperate — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed , has accused CNN of desperation over its second report on the Lekki toll plaza shootings that happened on October 20 . The Minister said this on NTA on Wednesday . The PUNCH reports that CNN had on Tuesday released a second ‘ investigative report ’ on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests amid threats of sanction from the Federal Government . But the minister faulted CNN’ s reports , saying it lacked credible sources . When asked about the second CNN’ s report, Mohammed said, “ It shows that they (CNN ) are desperate. The so- called recent development has been seen before. There is nothing new . If there is anything new, it is a contradiction of CNN ’ s position. “ What we are asking CNN is that ...
Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown
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Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown

Member of UK parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20. Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have "murdered" Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK. She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a "transparent investigation and effecting of justice." The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices. https:/...
From Denial To Blame Game — Army And Lagos State Government Spat On Lekki Shooting
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From Denial To Blame Game — Army And Lagos State Government Spat On Lekki Shooting

“FAKE NEWS” – That was the Nigerian Army’s first response to reports that its personnel opened fire at the #EndSARS protest ground in Lekki, Lagos state. The army shared a picture of a post claiming that soldiers were directed “to shoot at peaceful, unarmed #EndSARS protesters” at the tollgate, stamping it with “FAKE NEWS”, its usual signature to debunk whatever it considers unfavourable. But with time, it became clear that the army might have a different definition of “fake news” from the common reference to misinformation and disinformation. Between the time it shared the first post and Saturday, when it appeared before the Lagos panel of enquiry, the army has debunked 18 social media posts relating to the incident – but it has also gone ahead to admit most of them. Likew...
#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.
Lekki Shooting: 81 Dons Write Biden, Seek Travel Ban For Culpable Officials
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Lekki Shooting: 81 Dons Write Biden, Seek Travel Ban For Culpable Officials

Eighty-one professors of African Studies, both Nigerians and non-Nigerians, have written a letter to the United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, seeking sanctions, including travel ban, for those responsible for the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate area of Lagos on October 20. In their letter dated November 13, 2020, the dons urged specific policy actions in response to the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria from the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The dons specifically wrote to the Biden-Harris Transition Team, chaired by Ted Kaufman, and co-chaired by Anita Dunn, Cedric Richmond, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Jeffrey Zients. The professors who signed the letter include Carl LeVan, American University; Chiedo Nwankwor,...
Lekki Shootings: Four Generals, Others Testify Before Panel Today
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Lekki Shootings: Four Generals, Others Testify Before Panel Today

After a week’s break, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers on the night of October 20 will resume sitting today (Saturday). The retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel had adjourned on November 7 when its proceedings were frustrated over inability to form quorum due to the boycott of the sitting by the two youth panel members protesting against the freezing of the bank account of #EndSARS promoters by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army, which had been scheduled to testify before the panel then, was unable to do so. The panel fixed today for the Nigerian Army to return to give its testimony. The Nigerian Army has listed three Brigadier General...
Everybody connected have no interest in uncovering the truth of what happened in Lekki – Dele Farotimi speaks on EndSars protest
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Everybody connected have no interest in uncovering the truth of what happened in Lekki – Dele Farotimi speaks on EndSars protest

Nigerian lawyer, Dele Farotimi, has said that the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lekki Concession Company LCC, the Nigerian Army, and others have no interest in uncovering the truth of what happened at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20.   Recall that on October 20, military men stormed the Lekki toll plaza where #EndSARS protesters gathered and fired gunshots. The Lago state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on October 19, inaugurated an 8-man panel to investigate police brutality in the state. Shortly after the shooting in Lekki, the panel was mandated to also carry out a thorough investigation of what happened in Lekki.   Speaking during the interview with Arise, Farotimi opined that the Lagos state government and others linked to the incident will n...
Lekki Shootings: We Have Photographs, Videos To Counter Army – Lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana
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Lekki Shootings: We Have Photographs, Videos To Counter Army – Lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana

The counsel representing #EndSARS protesters before the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of the protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, has said his team has evidence to counter the claim by the Nigerian Army that there was no massacre or killings of protesters at the tollgate on the night of October 20. In response to a summons by the judicial panel, the Nigerian Army had on Friday filed its defence papers and listed three Brigadier Generals and one Lieutenant Colonel to testify before the panel. The army submitted to the panel statements on oath deposed to by the top military officers, who insisted that only blank ammunition were filed to disperse the protesters. The Nigerian Army said it was bringing before the pa...
LASTMA Official Left With Injuries After Being Attacked By Hoodlums (Graphic)
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LASTMA Official Left With Injuries After Being Attacked By Hoodlums (Graphic)

An officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Sunday was attacked by pedestrian touts at Jakande area in Lekki. According to an eyewitness, the officer was controlling traffic while the man sitting wanted to cross the road. It was gathered that the pedestrian approached the officer to stop the vehicles for him to cross the road, a request which was blatantly objected. The officer whose name is yet to be identified as at press time asked the man to use pedestrian bridge not too far from the spot, Igbere TV learnt. The man refused to use the pedestrian bridge, threatening the officer, and a lot of altercation came to play. The man was heard saying officers will soon be chased out of the road just the way police officers were chased out. It was further...
EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki – Gen Ndagi
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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki – Gen Ndagi

The Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Musa Etsu-Ndagi, representing the Nigerian Army on the Lagos State Security Council, has said he received a phone call from the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, around 7.23pm on October 20,2020 informing him that a certain Lt Col Bello was reportedly shooting at the Lekki tollgate where #EndSARS protesters were gathered. Etsu-Ndagi said he immediately called Bello, who is the Commanding Officer, 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, and he (Bello) told him that he only fired blank ammunition into the air. Etsu-Ndagi, who is one of the top four military officers listed as witnesses of the Nigerian Army before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki tollgate shootings, stated this in his statemen...
Lekki Shootings: LASG Rejects  FOI Request For CCTV Footage
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Lekki Shootings: LASG Rejects FOI Request For CCTV Footage

The Lagos State Government has rejected a Freedom of Information request for the CCTV footage of the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020. This is contained in a letter written by Deyemi Bamgbose on behalf of the Attorney-General of Lagos State. A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, had written a letter to the state government last week invoking the Freedom of Information Act 2011. Effiong had in the letter addressed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, requested for the CCTV footage in the interest of the public. However, in a response dated November 3, 2020 titled, ‘Re: Urgent Request Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2011’, the state government said it could not make the CCTV footage available because the FoI Act is a federal l...
Lekki Shootings: Army Makes U-turn, Set To Appear Before Lagos Panel On 7 November 2020
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Lekki Shootings: Army Makes U-turn, Set To Appear Before Lagos Panel On 7 November 2020

The Nigerian Army, contrary to its decision last week,  will appear  on Saturday before the Lagos State Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS peaceful protesters by soldiers on  October 20 at the Lekki tollgate. Sources close to the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel confirmed to The PUNCH on Thursday that the army had acknowledged the panel’s invitation and the panel had fixed Saturday (November 7) for its appearance at the hearing taking place at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lekki. Recall that for two weeks last month, youths calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of  the Nigeria Police protested across the country. In Lagos, the protests assumed a tragic dimension when soldiers shot protesters at the Lekki tollgate. The s...
South-West Ministers Demand Probe Of Military Over Lekki Shooting
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South-West Ministers Demand Probe Of Military Over Lekki Shooting

Ministers from the south-west who were directed to relocate to their home states to douse the tension created by the #ENDSARS protests have presented their report to the federal executive council (FEC). In the report presented earlier on Wednesday, they demanded a thorough investigation into the Lekki toll plaza shooting incident, particularly the role of the military. Armed men in military uniform had invaded the protest ground at Lekki tollgate in Lagos to forcefully disperse protesters. The incident sparked an outrage within and outside the country, with controversy on whether people were killed or not.
Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami
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Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues — and not soldiers — shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state. About two weeks ago, protests calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight across the country. The police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force. Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers. There are reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, but there are disparities in the number of casualties and no clear evidence has been produced. Speaking with journalists on Monda...
Lekki Shootings: Army Kicks As Judicial Panel Summons Officers, Soldiers
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Lekki Shootings: Army Kicks As Judicial Panel Summons Officers, Soldiers

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20, 2020 has summoned the army to appear before it, Sunday PUNCH has learnt. But the army has indicated not to honour any summons or invitation by the panel, except it is from the state government. The seven-man panel, which began sitting on Monday, is also saddled with the task of probing allegations of brutality by men of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. A member of the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel, set up by the Lagos State Government, confided in Sunday PUNCH that the panel had already dispatched an invitation letter to concerned authorities. “We have summoned several authorities, including the military,” the panel m...
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...
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,...
JJ Omojuwa Reacts To A ‘List Of Celebrities Who Shared Fake News Online’
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JJ Omojuwa Reacts To A ‘List Of Celebrities Who Shared Fake News Online’

JJ Omojuwa who was included on a poster shared online showing a number of celebrities reported to have shared fake news and details of the Lekki shootings inciting the carnage that ensued, has taken to twitter to lament and condemn the people behind the poster. The Nigerian Online Celebrities And Personalities Who Shared #FakeNews And Incited Carnage in Lagos State. @EUinNigeria @UN @UN_Spokesperson @ilo @HillaryClinton @MaEllenSirleaf @realDonaldTrump @Brexit You can tag other International Community handle for the World to see. This looks like a hit list. If you are on this list, by all means, protect yourself. May God birth us a nation of free people who are able to see that country first, before any partisan interests!
Lekki Shootings: Death Toll Not More Than Two – Governor Abiodun
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Lekki Shootings: Death Toll Not More Than Two – Governor Abiodun

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has said the number of deaths recorded from last week’s Lekki Toll Gate shootings in Lagos State has not risen above two. DAILY POST reports that some End SARS protesters in Lekki were reportedly shot by men said to be in military uniforms. There have been confusion over the number of protesters who died as a result of the shootings as government and protesters claimed contradicting figures. While speaking at a Peace Consolidation Meeting of Stakeholders with the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on Tuesday, Gov Abiodun said those peddling fake news on the social media deliberately increased the figures to sew the seed of discord. Abiodun recalled that “th...
Lekki: Lagos Government Invited Us To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis – Army
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Lekki: Lagos Government Invited Us To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis – Army

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has denied allegation soldiers opened fire on #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza last Tuesday. In a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations (ADPR), Major Osoba Olaniyi, the Division however confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The Nation reports this is the first time the division is speaking about the incident that occurred last week. It said: “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the co...
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 ...
Probe Panel Will Get Lekki Shootings CCTV Footage – Sanwo-olu
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Probe Panel Will Get Lekki Shootings CCTV Footage – Sanwo-olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised that the Closed Circuit television footage obtained from the Lekki toll plaza will be handed over to the panel of inquiry looking into the shootings. Sanwo-Olu made the promise while featuring on the ‘Connect the World with Becky Anderson programme’ on CNN on Monday, while responding to questions on the shootings at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The governor said no blood stains were seen at the Lekki toll plaza when it was inspected, but added that two persons had been reported dead. He said, “Two dead bodies, that is what we have seen from all the morgues, that’s what we have seen going to hospitals, that’s what we have seen as record. "What has happened is that there have been so many footages t...
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...
Fela Durotoye’s Wife, Tara Visits Her Vandalised Store In Lekki (Photos, Videos)
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Fela Durotoye’s Wife, Tara Visits Her Vandalised Store In Lekki (Photos, Videos)

Fashion entrepreneur Tara Durotoye has visited her vandalised store in Lekki area of Lagos. The chief executive of House of Tara shared a video on Instagram on Monday from her visit to the store. “I got the courage to visit my vandalized store yesterday to see the extent of the damage,” she said. “The destruction to economic assets in this singular mall alone is disheartening.”   Mrs Durotoye urged all whose stores were vandalised to find strength in God. Hoodlums had in the past week hijacked the #EndSARS protest and looted several stores in various parts of the country. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGzWEaSpBNR/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
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...
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
Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member
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Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on activities of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, has faulted the visit of South-West governors to Lekki Toll Plaza, saying it is an usurpation of the powers of the panel. In a statement on Monday morning, Adegboruwa said since the panel has been vested with the powers to investigate alleged shooting at the Toll Gate, it is illegal for anyone else to visit the place without approval from the panel. According to him, reports that Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing  discovered a hidden camera which he took amounts to tampering with exhibits which may be useful to the commission. He said "On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized tha...
NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, Arise Over #EndSARS Protests And Lekki Shooting Coverage
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NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, Arise Over #EndSARS Protests And Lekki Shooting Coverage

The National Broadcasting Commission has fined Channels Television, Arise Television and Africa Independent Television for what it termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests. . The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, announced this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday. . NBC had last week warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.
Buhari Avoiding The Lekki Incident Until The Facts Are Established – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Avoiding The Lekki Incident Until The Facts Are Established – Garba Shehu

As the Judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government, one of the more dozen states to do so, starts sitting on Monday, President @MBuhari has 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 murdered and property owners whose assets were vandalized and looted. The President, who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property. Th...
Lekki Shootings: ‘DJ Switch Should Be Prosecuted’ – Journalist, Gbolahan Macjob Says
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Lekki Shootings: ‘DJ Switch Should Be Prosecuted’ – Journalist, Gbolahan Macjob Says

DJ Switch is a fraud and her lies has caused a lot of destruction. She must be tried and prosecuted once the facts come out in the open. And let me assure you, she will not get asylum, regardless of her CNN interview. Nobody likes being manipulated or used. The intel is out there and her game will be up soon. You guys realise there’s something called satellite imagery bah? And you’ve heard of BBC Africa Eye � have you not? Okay we shall soon see how the dead bodies of the massacre were removed and why their family members are yet to come to demand their whereabouts. Lies kill more than guns.
Tinubu’s Full Statement On Lekki Shooting
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Tinubu’s Full Statement On Lekki Shooting

THE #ENDSARS PROTESTS; A FUNDAMENTAL LESSON IN DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE I heavily grieve for those who have lost their lives or been injured during the period of these protests. 2. My deepest sympathies go to their families and loved ones for none should have been made to pay such a dear price. My career as an active politician spans nearly three decades. 3. In that time, I have seen many things as Nigeria has struggled, sometimes against itself, to undertake the often painful yet inexorable push toward democratic government accountable to, and protective of, the people. 4. Here, let me directly address the sharp point aimed against me. I have been falsely accused of ordering the reported deployment of soldiers against peaceful protesters that took place at Lekki on 20 October...
Mother Of Anthony Okechukwu, Who Died In The Lekki Shootings Speaks
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Mother Of Anthony Okechukwu, Who Died In The Lekki Shootings Speaks

A woman whose son died in the Lekki shootings has spoken up to counter the claims that no one died. Shortly after peaceful protesters were shot at on October 20, 2020, pictures started flying around of a young man named Anthony Okechukwu, who died in the shootings. Anthony's mother, who lives outside Nigeria, has now spoken out. She said she found out about her son's death online when she saw his photo being circulated. She added that no one from the government has called to commiserate with her on her son's death Watch video here https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGxzESXpWKB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Lekki Shootings: Arsenal Sympathize With Nigerian Fans
Sport

Lekki Shootings: Arsenal Sympathize With Nigerian Fans

Arsenal football club have sent her condolences to her Nigerian fans over recent happenings in the country between youths protesting against police brutality and security agents allegedly using brute force on peaceful protesters. #Coyg #EndSars
“You Can Now Write Petition Against SARS, Lekki Shooting”- Sanwo-Olu To Lagosians
Politics

“You Can Now Write Petition Against SARS, Lekki Shooting”- Sanwo-Olu To Lagosians

Lagos state residents who have been abused by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) can now write petition against the police unit. Also, Lagosions can now claim compensation from the government if their complaints warrant it. To achieve this, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has set up Judicial Panel to investigate brutality and rights violation by the officers. IgbereTV reports that the governor has mandated the panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi to invetigate all of the issues that happened at the Toll Plaza. Going further, he revealed that the panel will start sitting on Monday, October 26, at the Lagos Court of Arbitration International Centre in Lekki. Sanwo-Olu wrote on Twitter: "We have expanded the terms of reference for the Judicial Panel of Inqui...
Lekki Shootings: We Hid Behind Barricades To Escape, Say Eyewitnesses
Crime

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 ...
Lekki Shootings: Top US Officials Storm Aso Rock
Politics

Lekki Shootings: Top US Officials Storm Aso Rock

AMIDST national crisis over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Tuesday, a delegation from the United States government has arrived in Nigeria. The team was at Aso Rock on Thursday to discuss with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors. The team, according to the US Mission in Nigeria “discussed ongoing violence, the importance of allowing citizens to peacefully demonstrate, and accountability and justice for victims.” The team comprises of US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Bob Destro; US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Conflict Stabilisation Operations, Denise Natali; the Counselor of the US Department of State, Thomas Ulrich Brechbuhl; and the Charge d’Affairs, US Embassy, Kathleen FitzGibbon. ...
Why Buhari Didn’t Speak On Lekki Shootings – Femi Adesina
Politics

Why Buhari Didn’t Speak On Lekki Shootings – Femi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t mention anything about the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters in Lekki on Tuesday night during a nationwide broadcast yesterday because it would be “premature and presumptuous.” Many Nigerians have carpeted Buhari for not mentioning about the shootings or empathising with the victims during the much-awaited presidential broadcast, describing the ommission as deliberate and callous. But his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who appeared on Politics Today, a live show on Channel Televisions monitored by The Nation, said the President couldn’t have said anything about the shooting because it was being investigated. He said: “The Defence Headquarters issued a statement to say that it was investigating the matter. Lagos State Gover...
EIE Apologises For Spreading Fake News Over Lekki Shooting
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EIE Apologises For Spreading Fake News Over Lekki Shooting

There are indications that more people and organizations are coming to realize the errors in their allegations over the alleged Lekki shootings. One of Nigeria’s leading organizations Enough is Enough has admitted it was wrong over its initial publication and allegations that the state governor Babajide Sanwoolu ordered the removal of CCTV cameras from the Lekki Toll Gate. EiE, led by Yemi Adamolekun is one of the credible organizations in Nigeria that other global bodies rely on for its positions on Nigerian affairs. The European Union, United Nations, and other have condemned state authorities over alleged state-sponsored “killings at the Lekki gate”. Yemi Adamolekun, took to its Twitter page to tender the apology admitting that it was wrong over its initial publication and all...
Sanwo-Olu Confirms Two Deaths From Lekki Shooting
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Sanwo-Olu Confirms Two Deaths From Lekki Shooting

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said two deaths have been confirmed from the Lekki shooting that occurred on Tuesday. Mr Sanwo-Olu said this in an interview with Arise TV on Thursday. He had earlier said there was no death from the Lekki shooting. On Wednesday, however, Mr Sanwo-Olu said one death was recorded in the hospital but the state was still investigating whether it was as a result of the shooting. “Information reaching us now is that a life was lost at Reddington Hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head. It is an unfortunate and very sad loss. This is an isolated case. We are still investigating if he was a protester,” he posted on his Twitter handle. On Thursday, Mr Sanwo-Olu said two deaths have now been confirmed among the protesters i...
Lekki Shootings: Osinbajo’s Comments Disappointing – Frank Edoho
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Lekki Shootings: Osinbajo’s Comments Disappointing – Frank Edoho

Popular TV host, Frank Edoho , has described Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo as one of the biggest disappointments of the year . Edoho , who was the host of the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire show for over 10 years, said this in a tweet on Thursday while reacting to a statement by Osinbajo on Thursday . Osinbajo had in reaction to the shootings at the Lekki toll plaza said , “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings , and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states . ” Responding, however, Edoho said it was unfortunate that Osinbajo had failed to say more on the matter. “ With your impeccable speaking talent you have managed to be quiet throughout the tragedies ...