EndSARS: I didn’t say no one was killed at the toll gate, I said there was no evidence to prove it – Lai Mohammed
After soldiers stormed the Lekki toll booth in Lagos on October 20, 2020, during the #EndSARS protests and fired at protesters, information minister Lai Mohammed said no one was killed at the toll booth.
In the past year, Mohammed has systematically challenged reports that protesters died at the toll booth while attacking international organizations reporting the killings by the Nigerian military.
On Monday, a report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel on police brutality — including an investigation into the Lekki massacre — seen by legitimate mail, said protesters were killed at the toll booth in what the panel described as a “massacre”.
It made headlines hours ago that the Lagos State Judicial Inquiry Panel on Restitution of Victims of Abuse and Other SARS-Related Matters (Lagos Panel EndSARS) released a report on how the Nigerian military and police mishandled the incident at Lekki Tollgate by live bullets that reportedly killed a large number of Nigerian civilians.
The report contradicts the press conference of Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed, where he stated: “The military did not fire at the protesters at the Lekki toll booth on October 20, 2020, and there was no massacre at the toll booth. The only ‘massacre’ recorded was on social media, so there were no bodies or swelling.