THE Amnesty International, on Wednesday, told the Federal Government not to attempt any move to cover up investigations into the Lekki tollgate shooting of some #EndSARS protesters by some soldiers.
Amnesty International said the victims of the shooting at Lekki tollgate last week Tuesday must get justice with the identification and diligent prosecution of the soldiers who shot into the crowd of protesters demonstrating against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country.
The organisation maintained that after monitoring
the #EndSARS protest, which
rocked the country for more
than a week, no fewer than 56
people were killed.
In a statement signed by the
media manager of Amnesty
International, Mr Isa Sanusi,
the organisation maintained
that available evidence from
photographs and video footage indicated that “Nigerian
Army vehicles left Bonny
Camp, a military base approximately a seven-minute drive
local time on October 20.”
According to the statement,
“footage then tracks the vehicles to the toll gate. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the Nigerian military opened fire on
the #EndSARS protesters who
were peacefully calling for an
end to police brutality. What
happened at Lekki tollgate has
all the traits of the Nigerian authorities’ pattern of a cover-up
whenever their defence and
security forces commit unlawful killings,” said Osai Ojigho,
Country Director of Amnesty
“One week on, the Nigerian
authorities still have many
questions to answer: Who ordered the use of lethal force
on peaceful protesters? Why
were CCTV cameras on the
scene dismantled in advance?
And who ordered electricity
being turned off minutes before the military opened fire
on protesters? The initial denial of the involvement of soldiers in the shooting was followed by the shameful denial
of the loss of lives as a result
of the military’s attack against
“Many people are still missing since the day of the incident, and credible evidence
shows that the military prevented ambulances from
reaching the severely injured
in the aftermath. Amnesty International is again calling on
Nigerian authorities to bring
to justice those behind the
shooting and to protect those
who are exercising their right
to freedom of assembly.
“The organisation is still investigating the shooting, and
the reported removal of bodies of those killed by the military in an attempt to remove
It added that “the Amnesty
International’s Crisis Response
experts investigated and verified social media videos and
photographs that confirm the
Nigerian security forces were
present at the Lekki tollgate
when the shootings occurred.
filmed leaving Bonny Camp on
videos shared on social media.
Later footage shows four vehicles with flashing lights in a
convoy, and they appear to be
vehicles used by the Nigerian
military and police.
“The same vehicles head east
along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue – which changes its name
to the Lekki-Epe Expressway
– in the direction of the Lekki
tollgate. On this route, the
vehicles passed several international embassies and consulates, including the Japanese
Embassy and the Australian
“Further photographs and
footage capture the vehicles
arriving at the tollgate, before the peaceful protest is
disrupted by men in military
uniform and gunfire is heard.
As night time descended, protesters continued to film and
share videos of the shootings.
Later in the evening, videos of
the victims were also shared
on social media.
“Amnesty International has
been monitoring developments across Nigeria since
the #EndSARS protest began
on October 8, 2020. Nigerians
have been taking to the streets,
peacefully demanding an end
to police brutality, extrajudicial executions and extortion
by the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian police tasked with fighting violent crimes. At least 56
people have died across the
country since protests began.
In multiple cases, the security
forces have used excessive
force in an attempt to control
or stop the protests,” the statement concluded