Tuesday, November 23, 2021

#EndSARS Report: FG insists, 'No massacre' @Lekki - ITREALMS

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The Federal Government of Mr. President, General Muhammadu Buhari retired, is not shifting grounds on its stand over the leaked submission of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the #EndSARS protest, reports 
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Lai Mohammed
According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Lagos, there is absolutely nothing in the report that is circulating to make them change their stand that there was no massacre at Lekki on October 20th 2020.
“For us to change our stand, a well-investigated report of the incident that meets all required standards and will withstand every scrutiny must be produced and presented to the public,” he declared at a session with newsmen in Lagos.

The report in circulation, he also said, does not meet those requirements.

“We also appeal to the families of those allegedly killed in Lekki to speak out. It’s untenable to say that some families did not come out because they are afraid. Any parent who is afraid to testify about the death of his or her child is not worth to be called a parent,” Alhaji Lai said, insisting that they reject the notion that Nigerian soldiers and policemen massacred innocent Nigerians at Lekki on Oct. 20th 2020.

“That conclusion is not supported by the weight of available evidence,” he pointed out.

Indictment for murder, Lai Mohammed said, is a very serious issue that cannot be done on the basis of allegations and corroborations, as the panel did.

“Such allegations must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said, emphasizing that the report in circulation is calculated to embarrass the Federal Government and its agencies without foolproof evidence.

“The Federal Government has never condoned the abuse of the rights of Nigerians by security agencies under any guise, hence it disbanded SARS and encouraged states to set up the panels to investigate reports of human rights abuses allegedly committed by the disbanded SARS personnel,” the Minister said.

As said by him, the 37 policemen and six soldiers who died across the country during the EndSARS protest are also Nigerians and should not be forgotten.

“Those who have engaged in premature celebration of the report in circulation should now go back and read it thoroughly and tell Nigerians whether it can pass any serious scrutiny,” he said.

He reiterated that 57 civilians, 37 policemen and six soldiers were killed across the country during the protest, and FG commiserates with their families.

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