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Lekki Shootings: Amnesty International Accuses FG Of Cover-Up

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

Amnesty International has accused the Federal Government of covering up those responsible for the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos State on October 2020.

The organisation made the accusation in a press statement on Thursday while marking the 100 days after the incident took place.

The statement signed by the AI’s Director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, demanded justice for victims of the shootings.

Amnesty insisted that 12 persons were killed in the incident even though the government had denied mass killings.

However, the AI has yet to establish concrete evidence of killings at the two locations.

The statement read, “Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020 and have brazenly attempted to cover up the violence, said Amnesty International Nigeria today, 100 days on from the attack.

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“Since the assault by security forces, which killed at least 12 people, Nigerian authorities have targeted supporters of the protests against police brutality by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Some of the movement’s supporters have had their bank accounts frozen.

“The bloody events of 20 October 2020, when Nigerian security forces killed at least 12 people during the violent dispersal of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki and Alausa, have cast a shadow over Nigerian society that lingers to this day.

“Instead of bringing suspected perpetrators to justice and prioritizing genuine police reforms, Nigerian authorities have been abusing their powers by subjecting those who supported the protests to intimidation, harassment, and smear campaigns.

“Those suspected to be responsible for the killings should be brought to justice in accordance with international fair trial standards.”

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