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US expects Buhari, Sanwo-Olu to take findings of Lekki toll gate shooting panel seriously

A judicial panel has established that at least nine protesters were killed at the Lekki toll gate last year.

The United States government says the findings of a panel that investigated the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters last year should be treated seriously by the Nigerian government.

Security forces attacked the protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on October 20, 2020 in an aggressive attempt to dismantle the symbolic stronghold of historic demonstrations against police brutality.

Eyewitnesses reported numerous fatalities from the night, but the government has run an aggressive counter-campaign insisting no one was killed by security agents.

A judicial panel of inquiry set up days after the shooting finally submitted its report on Monday, November 15, 2021, confirming the claims of eyewitnesses that a massacre happened.

The panel established that at least nine protesters were killed, with four others missing presumed dead.

Dozens of others were similarly injured, first by the soldiers, and later by police officers who also tried to cover up their involvement.

“We look forward to the Lagos State government’s response as part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the #EndSARS protests and the events that took place near the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020,” the U.S. Mission in Nigeria said in a statement on Tuesday, November 16.

The Mission urged Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and President Muhammadu Buhari to take suitable measures against the alleged abuses recognised by the judicial panel.

Sanwo-Olu has set up a four-member panel to review the judicial panel’s report and raise a white paper within two weeks.

The panel will be headed by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), with members listed as Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Segun Dawodu; Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye; and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Tolani Oshodi.

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Olafare Michael Oluwabukola
A Nationa Diploma holder in Computer Science at LENS POLYTECHNIC Offa, a full-time blogger, beatmaker, modern graphics designer, talent manager, and a vocalist


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