Nigeria: Lekki ‘massacre’ report fake, says minister

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The leaked report of an inquiry accusing the armed forces to have carried out a killing of protesters against police brutality in Lagos last year is fake, Nigeria’s Minister of Information said.

The report said the armed forces intentionally shot anti-police brutality demonstrators at the Lekki toll gate in October 2020, and then tried to cover it up. It called the killing of 11 people a “massacre”.

The report into what happened at the Lekki toll gate was leaked last week and is yet to be made public.

“Never in the history of any judicial panel in this country has its report been riddled with so many errors, inconsistencies, discrepancies, speculations, innuendos, omissions and conclusions that are not supported by evidence,” Lai Mohammed told journalists in the capital, Abuja, adding that the allegations were “tales by moonlight”.

Mr. Mohammed denied there was a massacre and said it was shocking that allegations made by Nigerians to the panel were merely compiled into the report without investigations.

“That report is nothing but the triumph of fake news and the intimidation of a silent majority by a vociferous lynch mob,” he said.

Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets in October last year calling for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit to be disbanded.

The #EndSars protests rocked the country for two weeks. The police unit had been accused of robbing, attacking and even killing people. (Source: BBC)

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