ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s authorities on Tuesday rejected a judicial report that described the killing of peaceable protesters in Lagos in October 2020 as a bloodbath, saying it was strewn with errors and its conclusions weren’t backed up by proof.
The leaked report into the incident seen by Reuters mentioned the Nigerian Military fired stay rounds at peaceable, unarmed protesters on the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos final yr. It mentioned many of the military officers deployed to the Toll Gate have been “not match and correct to serve” and really helpful prosecuting sure policemen for his or her actions.
The army and police have beforehand denied firing stay rounds.
Info Minister Lai Mohammed advised reporters in Abuja that the panel had submitted a report laden with allegations, including the report “is riddled by many errors, discrepancies. Its conclusion will not be supported by proof.”
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The report recognized 48 “casualties”, together with 11 killed, 4 lacking and presumed lifeless and a number of individuals who suffered gunshot wounds. It added that just about 100 different unidentified corpses in Lagos state is also linked to the incident.
The judicial panel that investigated the incident, in addition to abuses by the now-abolished Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) police division, launched the report back to the Lagos state authorities this month, but it surely was not instantly made public.
President Muhammadu Buhari has mentioned that the federal authorities will look forward to pronouncements from state governments which arrange the probe panels earlier than deciding what motion to take.
The shootings ended weeks of nationwide protests towards police brutality and sparked the worst civil unrest in Nigeria for the reason that return to civilian rule in 1999.
Within the aftermath, rights teams accused safety forces of a cover-up and depicted a sample of intimidation of those that took half within the protests, together with threats, detentions and asset freezes.
(Writing by Chijioke Ohuocha, Modifying by William Maclean)
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