The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhai Lai Mohamed, has lastly reacted to the Lagos State #EndSARS Panel Report, dismissing it as an hoax, which didn’t observe the proof at hand.
The minister made the place of the federal government identified at a information convention in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mohammed stated it was stunning that the identical allegations made by Nigerians have been merely compiled and submitted as a report by the panel set as much as examine the claims of police brutality.
“It is an intimidation of the majority by a minority,” Mohammed submitted.
SaharaReporters had final week reported that Segun Adeyemi, the spokesperson to the minister, stated his principal was but to react to the report as a result of he was at present out of Nigeria on an official project.
He had stated, “We are out of the country (Nigeria) on assignment. Expect our response shortly.”
He, nevertheless, didn’t disclose the precise nation he had travelled along with his principal.
The workplace of the minister had stored mum days after the panel’s report on the Lekki incident of October 20, 2020, leaked to the general public.
Nigerians had referred to as for the response of the Minister to the leaked report as a result of his insistence that there have been no killings on the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020.
SaharaReporters had achieved a breakdown of the variety of instances the Minister denied the “massacre.”
On November 19 2020, the Minister stated Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly often called DJ Switch, who did a stay stream, on Instagram, the Lekki shootings of October 20 will quickly be uncovered for spreading falsehood.
He had additionally prompt that she is perhaps performing out a script written by different folks and vowed that she could be uncovered sooner or later.
Mohammed, who described the occasion of October 20, 2020, as a “massacre without bodies”, insisted that opposite to DJ Switch’s claims, not a single physique has been produced or a single-family has come out to assert their member of the family was killed on the Lekki tollgate.
He stated on the time, “One of the purveyors of fake news was one DJ Switch whose real name is Obianuju Catherine Udeh, even though she claimed authentic evidence of mass killings. Surprisingly, instead of presenting whatever evidence she may have, she chose to escape from the country on the claim that her life was in danger. In danger for who?”
Secondly, in November 2020, a report by the Cable News Network (CNN) confirmed that the Nigerian Army really fired stay and clean bullets at protesters on the Lekki toll gate however Lai Mohammed, in a press convention in Abuja described the report as “irresponsible journalism.”
Mohammed claimed not a single physique had been produced or a single household got here out to assert their family members have been killed on the Lekki Tollgate.
He referred to as for a sanction for the international media organisation however didn’t disclose the place the sanction ought to come from.
The CNN had launched the second a part of an investigation on the incident, which additional implicates the Nigerian Army within the killing of peaceable protesters.
In response, the Nigerian Government described the report as pretend information with out offering proof of its personal declare.
Lai Mohammed had claimed the CNN was determined and peddling pretend information.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Judicial Panel on #EndSARS, of their report submitted to the Lagos state authorities on Monday was in a position to set up that there was really a bloodbath on the Lekki tollgate.
The report clearly discovered the Nigerian Army and police fired stay bullets at peaceable protesters on the Lekki Tollgate final yr.
It additionally concluded that the “deliberate absence of officers of the Nigerian Army who were present at the Lekki Toll Gate and who were summoned by the Panel was a calculated attempt to conceal material evidence from the Panel.”