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Lekki: Amnesty Int’l accuses Nigerian govt of attempts to cover up shootings


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Government of making moves to cover up the Lekki Toll Gate shootings.

Recall that the Nigerian army had allegedly opened fire on protesters last Tuesday October 20 during the EndSARS protest in Lagos.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the group Country Director, Osai Ojigho, noted that what happened at Lekki Toll Gate had all the traits of the Nigerian authorities’ pattern of a cover-up whenever their defence and security forces commit unlawful killings.

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The group also revealed that it has released a new timeline investigating the attack which collated photographs and video footage to confirm that Nigerian Army vehicles left Bonny Camp at 6:29 pm.

The group queried why the CCTV cameras on the scene were dismantled before the attack and why electricity was turned off few minutes before the military opened fire on the protesters.

 The statement said: “The initial denials of the involvement of soldiers in the shooting was followed by the shameful denial of the loss of lives as a result of the military’s attack against the protests.

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“Many people are still missing since the day of the incident, and credible evidence shows that the military prevented ambulances from reaching the severely injured in the aftermath.”

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The group therefore urged Nigerian authorities to bring to justice those behind the shooting as well as protect those exercising their right to freedom of assembly.

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