Amnesty International on Tuesday said that it was not stunned by the federal government’s denial of the Lekki Tollgate incident.
The Country Director, Amnesty International, Nigeria, Osai Ojigho revealed this whereas reacting to the Federal Government’s touch upon the Lagos #EndSARS probe panel report on a Channels TV programme.
The director, who faulted the style the federal government dismissed the report, urged the Federal Government to confirm the proof supplied by it.
Amnesty International additionally known as for investigation into your complete #EndSARS protests throughout the nation and never the Lekki Tollgate incident alone.
She mentioned, “I think the first thing is for us to establish the fact that there are different layers of government. So what has been presented to the Lagos State Government, as we all know, is easy for the governments to communicate with themselves across board.
“I think the minister, with his position in government, should liaise with the state authorities to clarify or check information with regards to the panel’s work.
“That would have been an ideal step; and to allow the state government to carry out its task in this regard. It is not surprising for us at Amnesty International that the minister, Lai Mohammed, continues to deny that unfortunate incident that happened on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki Tollgate.
“We have seen in the last one year the constant attacks, the constant narrative that is geared toward gas-lighting the victims, survivors and witnesses, and create an impression that people are just up to no good.”
The Lagos State judicial panel had been queried by Federal Government over its report which claimed that members of the family of these killed in the course of the EndSARS protest have been afraid to talk.
This was made identified on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, questioning who could be compensated because the households of allegedly killed EndSARS protesters failed to seem resulting from concern.
He had known as on the Judicial Panel to persuade anybody that the names of some casualties of the Lekki Toll Gate incident listed as numbers; 3 (Jide), 42 (Tola) and 43 (Wisdom) weren’t fictitious names.