The Federal Government of Nigeria has released a shocking statement this morning insisting that there were no mass killings at the Lekki toll gate in the wake of the #EndSARS protests contrary to the general belief.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference in Abuja, The PUNCH, reports.
Mr Mohammed said those who alleged massacre at the toll gate only succeeded in misleading the world.
The minister further said while government awaits the outcome of the panel investigating the matter, “we can say that the world has just witnessed a massacre without bodies” in Lekki.
He insisted that the military did not shoot at protesters at the toll gate. He then asked anyone who has contrary proofs to make them available to the panel investigating the matter.
Mohammed said the government was satisfied with the way security agencies handled the protests.
The minister took a swipe at CNN for its piece on the Lekki incident, describing it as “blatantly irresponsible.”
He called for a sanction for the foreign media organisation but did not disclose where the sanction should come from.
It would be recalled that the army shot at #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20, leading to a yet-to-be ascertained number of casualties till date.
The shooting incident which has also 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.
However, Brigadier AI Taiwo who shared the Nigerian army’s account of the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting at the resumed sitting of the Lagos judicial panel on Saturday, November 14, stated that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu called on the military for support on October 20 after the #EndSARS crisis degenerated into “violence.”
Recall that Sanwo-Olu who reacted to the outrage that trailed the shootings had blamed it on “forces beyond our direct control”.
Also appearing on CNN, the Lagos state Governor who confirmed that the army was responsible for the incident, denied having a hand in it.
He said in the interview;
“From the footage we could see, because there were some cameras at that facility, it seems to me that they would be men in military uniform—it should be Nigerian Army or something.”