After CNN revealed another footage on Lekki Massacre, see what Sanwo-Olu said that stirs reactions.
The Lagos State Governor, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has Yesterday, Tuesday 24th of November called on Lagos State residents to not allow external forces to destroy the security and the well-being of the state.
This he said during a stakeholders meeting tagged ‘Internal security and conflict resolution in Lagos State’. The meeting which was held at the Adeyemi Bero auditorium became necessary in order to find a way to a peaceful resolutions on security issues bothering the state.
Recall that after men in Nigeria military uniform opened fire on the peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, there have been a lot controversies over the unfortunate incedence as Nigerian military denied being at the scene in the first place, Lagos State government claimed that no life was lost to that incidence. But as CNN began to release their investigation outcomes, there has been a little tension in the State.
Nigerians have since been reacting to the call from the Governor as many were of the opinion that since forces beyond the State government could order the shooting of peaceful protesters, external forces that are stronger should be allowed to investigate the shootings.
See some of the reactions below:
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<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony.The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony.
Commander 81 military intelligence brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, speaking before the panel on Saturday, claimed that the events that culminated in the incident of October 20 at the Lekki Toll Gate had its remote causes in the wider EndSARS protest and its immediate causes in the lawlessness that ensued from October 18.
Brigadier Taiwo explained that the attack made the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call on the army to interfere in the crisis and due to the urgency of the situation, the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew which was to commence at 4:00 pm on October 20 but was later shifted to 9:00 pm.
According to him, the time was not communicated to the Nigerian Army, and troops were deployed immediately upon receipt of the signal to activate phase 4, meaning immediate deployment of soldiers outside the barrack to help control the crisis of internal security.
He insists that the troops were not only deployed to the Lekki tollgate, but to other areas like Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and the entire state to restore normalcy.
Brigadier Taiwo added that the army were shooting into the air at the Lekki tollgate and not at the protesters, backing his statement up with several video clips of what he says transpired that night.
Furthermore, he claimed that after the soldiers left the area, hoodlums went on to destroy the toll gate plaza.
He also insisted that the troops used blank bullets that contain gun powder, and cannot cause any damage to the flesh, and if real bullets were used one bullet would have killed three persons per shot.
Popular Nigerian Disc Jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh professionally known as DJ Switch, has allegedly left Nigerian to Canada and has also told the Canadian government that soldiers, who shot at the #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20 said they were acting on orders from above.
Switch has been offline from social media since October 23 immediately after she announced that she was receiving death threats, later it was said that she went into hiding. Currently on social media it is said that Switch has been granted asylum in Canada.
Switch spoke to the Sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian parliament and that was when she disclosed what the soldiers allegedly told the Lekki protesters before they started shooting.
In her words;
“On October 20, 2020, we had spirited Nigerians there united with one goal against police brutality against bad governance.
What started out as a protest against police brutality with the unit called SARS unfortunately degenerated into something I still find hard to reconcile within my heart.
“We got information that the government wants to see me and six other people and I remember saying to them that we have no leader and if the government wanted to speak with us, he should kindly come to the toll gate and address Nigerians because we have been out for eleven days.”
“As we didn’t know where the gunshots were coming from and what they are about and then the lights went off.
I remembered the military came in first, they stopped shooting at some point and I walked up to one of them and I asked why he was shooting at us and he said he had express order from above, and I was coming too close to him and if I come too close, it would be considered an attack on him and he would have to shoot.
“It didn’t take another ten minutes, the shooting started again. I remember seeing seven people that have been shot down and we were telling people on my live Instagram to help us call an ambulance.”
I have been on the move because they have been after my life. The first threat came in, I thought it was a joke, I sincerely thought it was a joke.
“Just as I was leaving, I got a phone call that I should leave the vicinity because there are military men at the hospital.
“I had to abandon my home, I moved from people’s home, and then just to get out of Nigeria. I am still travelling, and I am not done with my trip.”
As of the time of filing this report, Switch is yet to make any post on any of her social media accounts.
Dennis Amachree, former Deputy Director of the State Security Service in Nigeria, in an interview with Channels TV said the camcorder found by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the Lekki tollgate on Sunday, October 25, was planted
Recall that Fashola While inspecting some of the government-owned facilities that were destroyed, discovered a ”Camcorder” at the Lekki tollgate.
<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Many Nigerians expressed shock that it was the Minister who found the camera days after the tollgate was set on fire by the hoodlums.Many Nigerians expressed shock that it was the Minister who found the camera days after the tollgate was set on fire by the hoodlums.
In an interview with Channels TV this morning, Amachree said the camcorder discovered by the Minister looked planted.
‘‘After so many days, we saw a camcorder in plain view. Are they saying that camera was there and nobody knew about the presence of that camera? It was in plain view and the Minister went and removed it.
Who planted it? That is what we want to know. It was planted because there is no way..That Camcoder looks planted because there is no way that it will be plain view in one of the booths.
How come it was there and nobody saw it. There are mobile phone providers that went there to look at their lines that were damaged. Nobody saw that camera. It is not so tiny.
I am very interested in that camera. What is in it? Whoever planted it there must have also loaded it with something” Amachree said
Watch the video of him speaking in the interview below:
Finally, Nigerian Army reveals names of officers at Lekki shootings
The Nigerian Army has submitted an affidavit to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on police brutality set up by the state government to probe the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.
Brigadier General Ibrahim Taiwo, representing the army authorities had been summoned and was already seated.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In the statement already before the panel, he confirmed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos had requested the intervention of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to suppress the already brewing violence within some parts of the state.In the statement already before the panel, he confirmed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos had requested the intervention of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to suppress the already brewing violence within some parts of the state.
According to the affidavit, Lieutenant Colonel Salisu Ovada Bello, the Commander of the 65 Battalion was at the Lekki Tollgate and had fired blank bullets into the air in order to disperse the protesters. The commander explained that no one had died, adding that only two people fainted.
The affidavit also explained that Brigadier General Francis Omata, who was also at the Lekki tollgate, confirmed later that evening that there were no fatalities. Omata noted that live ammunition was not used.
Meanwhile, the panel failed to sit on Saturday after members could not form a quorum. Chairman of the panel and retired Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Doris Okuwobi said the youth representatives did not show up for today’s sitting.
Their absence may not be unconnected to the freezing of the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company linked to the #EndSARS protests in which one of them, Rinu Odulala, a member of the panel is said to have been affected.
A source close to the panel confirmed to Channels Television that it views this as a direct attack on the sitting. This comes a day after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted the request of the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the said accounts as filed by the apex bank on October 20.
The court order directed the affected banks to freeze all transactions on the accounts for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of an investigation currently being conducted by the CBN.
Today the Lagos Judicial Panel made an interesting discovery that will help in uncovering the truths behind the massacre of the innocent protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20th.
<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">It's been ten days now since peaceful protesters were attacked by some military men at the Lekki Toll Gate, where some of the protesters were allegedly shot and killed. According to eyewitnesses at the Toll Gate, the military went with the bodies of those they killed, but this claim has continued to rake up serious controversies for days now.It’s been ten days now since peaceful protesters were attacked by some military men at the Lekki Toll Gate, where some of the protesters were allegedly shot and killed. According to eyewitnesses at the Toll Gate, the military went with the bodies of those they killed, but this claim has continued to rake up serious controversies for days now.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had first claimed that there was no death recorded at the scene, but he later said that only two people died that night. A few days ago, the Nigerian Army denied shooting at the protesters, and claimed that they were only at Lekki Toll Gate to ensure peace at the scene on the orders of the Lagos State Governor.
The pressure from several notable Nigerians and the international community on the federal government to expose the truth behind the massacre at Lekki Toll Gate that night, had made the federal government order state governments to set up judicial panels to look into the cases of police brutality reported by members of the public. And a judicial panel of enquiry was also set up to investigate the massacre that was reported at Lekki Toll Gate that night.
Today, the Lagos Judicial Panel embarked on a visit to the Toll Gate, and there they found something shocking. In a video which was made known to the public by the panel led by Dorris Okuwobi, several bullets were discovered around the scene of the attack.
Photos of the bullets discovered at the scene:
According to Sahara Reporters, the investigation was done by the judicial panel in the presence of members of the public and journalists to make everything look transparent. The bullets will serve as huge evidence for the panel in their ongoing investigation.
When the videos were made known to the public, it attracted a plethora of reactions from members of the public. That’s because there had been previous denials from both the Nigerian Army and the Lagos State Government about the massacre. Out of those reactions was a funny question from Aisha Yesufu who asked how Fashola missed this.
Photos of Aisha Yesufu:
Below is the screenshot of the tweet she made this evening:
Recall that a few days ago, former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, attracted the anger of millions of Nigerians when he visited the Lekki Toll Gate and allegedly discovered a hidden camera at the scene of the attack.
Even though the content of the camera has not been made known to members of the public up till now, Nigerians made a mockery of the shocking discovery and began referring to him with many ridiculous tags.
As expected, when Aisha Yesufu asked the ironic question, dozens of Nigerians took to the comment section to reply her, and below are some of the reactions she got.
As we already know, the alleged discovery of the hidden camera by Fashola at the scene of the attack a few days ago did not go down well for Nigerians, as many said that the whole thing was stage-managed.
What do you think about this question that Aisha asked, and the discovery of the hidden camera by Fashola a few days ago? Do you think he combed the scene of the attack very well, or he just did not see those bullets?
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A Lawyer got into a confused state of mind after reporters asked him some deep questions that he couldn’t give a straightforward answer to after he filed a petition against DJ Switch and other celebrities for spreading fake news. This lawyer appeared before the judiciary panel of inquiry and filed a petition against DJ Switch, Falz and other celebrities for spreading fake news on social media. He made it clear that those celebrities that were mentioned in the petition should appear before the judiciary panel of inquiry and confirm to them where they got their news from.
Moments after he filed the petition, Reporters were waiting for him so that he could speak with them and these intelligent reporters used his words against him. The lawyer came out and they asked him about the petition, he told the reporters that
“The Government decided to accept the 5 for 5 demands that the protesters out forward days ago but the protests didn’t stop because of the Fake News that these celebrities have posted on Social media. Even though after the Lekki shootings, Fake News has already done more bad than good. He said that Fake News is responsible for the large carnage and destruction of properties in Lagos and other states”
“We went to call the attention of the panel to major issues like this so that they can invite those celebrities that posted unverified information on social media so that they can verify their claims in front of the panel”
One of the reporters threw a question at him and said
“For the past one week, every thing that the Government put out as the truth has turned out to be false by their own admission, why should the public be believing the government rather than the people who are posting on social media?”
Another reporter added to the question and said
“If this your petition is against those that spread fake news these past few days, why didn’t you include the military and the government?”
The lawyer replied and said
“We are a non government organization”
The reporter cut his words and asked
“Why are you then interested in this case”
The lawyer replied and said that
“Because we are Nigerians, the lives of every Nigerian matters to us and we must speak out for them, the government and the military may have used social media to spread their news but our own is for the panel to call those who are responsible for fake news”
A reporter asked him and said
“But the Government has made more false claims these past few days?”
The lawyer (who is now under pressure) replied and said
“The government is inclusive in this petition”
The reporters then asked him that is he now saying that the Government made false claims?
The lawyer replied and said that the confirmation is left to the panel to decide.
The reporters then questioned him again and said that
“But the Government made false claims on social medka which they later refuted on social media, isn’t that a false news?”
The lawyer replied and said YES, Its A False News (after initially saying that the panel would decide). He later said he won’t answer anymore questions as he walked away.
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According to Saharan reporters, at least 20 bodies of EndSARS demonstrators massacred by Nigerian Army personnel in Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on 20 October 2020 were secretly taken to the morgue of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Yaba on Friday.
Sahran reporters learned that the victims of the Lekki massacre were transferred to the IDH morgue after an autopsy was performed on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of Lagos State University Hospital in Ikeja.
The IDH morgue is located next to the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital (68 NARH), a military health centre in Yaba.
Recall that last week soldiers opened fire on demonstrators who had gathered at the Lekki tollgate to protest against police brutality.
The incident triggered a worldwide outcry, with the call for justice echoing in different parts of the world.
It became known that some officers had uninstalled surveillance cameras in the area before the shooting began.
The electricity in the protest area was also switched off to prevent demonstrators from filming the attack.
Minutes later, heavily armed Nigerian soldiers entered the scene to complete the plan.
When the shots rang out, dozens of protesters had been killed.
Although the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, blamed “forces beyond our control” for the attack, the army later announced in a statement that the governor had invited the soldiers to the site of the protest.
The soldiers involved in the operation also confirmed that they had been recruited for the mission at the governor’s request.
The soldiers deployed by the 65th Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos, reported to the families of some of the victims, after leaving some of the injured and dead in the MRS hospital, that they had been sent by Sanwo-Olu.
Although the Governor insisted that only two deaths and no bloodstains were registered at the site of the protest, military sources informed Saharan reporters that no less than 30 protesters died as a result of the shooting.
Meanwhile, a human rights group, Amnesty International, has published a timeline of Lekki’s shooting, which it said followed an on-the-spot investigation of the incident.
In the timeline published on Wednesday, human rights groups said they had discovered soldiers opening fire on protesters at Camp Bonny.
The new timeline of the incident tells everything from the peaceful demonstration and the shooting to Governor Sanwo-Olu’s statement that the army was responsible for the shooting.
Amnesty International said its investigation had confirmed that the Nigerian army and police had killed peaceful demonstrators in Lagos.
It was reported today that soldiers outside the military hospital in Ikoyi prevented the Lagos court panel in #EndSARS from inspecting the hospital morgue.
The panel went unannounced to the hospital on Friday to investigate the shooting at the Lekki tollbooth, which reportedly killed 15 protesters.
Witnesses to the Lekki shooting accused the military of taking the bodies of those killed in the incident.
The panel met with resistance when it reached the door of the hospital.
Ebun Adegboruwa, a member of the panel, told the soldiers who stopped them at the door that the panel arrived at the hospital because it had information that could help the investigation.
“The facility is relevant to our investigation. We have a pathologist. We are here on behalf of the President, not just the Governor,” he said.
“We are following the quota procedure, and it is important that we visit the morgue because that will help us with our findings.
“If we are denied access, we will come back and take other measures. We will not force ourselves to go in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant to the investigation of the Lekki incident.
We understand that this hospital is controlled by the 65th Battalion and is under the control of the 81st Division. We are also taking steps to contact the military authorities”.
Adegboruwa said that although the panel had no evidence that there were bodies in the hospital.
British-Nigerian, Ephraim who claimed to have been present at Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, when soldiers opened fire on protesters, has shared his near death experience.
Ephraim, an activist, gave a full account of what he saw at the scene, in an interview with BBC.
According to him, on the night of the said massacre, he saw bodies of protesters being thrown into trucks by men he believed to be officers of the Nigerian Army.
He said; “After seeing bodies being thrown into the truck, I felt I was going to die there. I’m yet to process what I lived through in the past three days.
“I don’t know what I feel but one thing I know is the truth has to be told. While we were there, Wednesday morning trying to sort out care for people, more people arrived in the hospital with gunshot wounds.
“There was a teenage boy who couldn’t be more than 13. A child. I was very young when I started hearing in Nigeria that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but it seems that tomorrow never comes.
“At this point, it’s about respecting the sacrifices of those who’ve gone, and trying to find a way so we don’t lose any more lives”.