The judicial panel probing allegations of police brutality in Lagos State has submitted its findings on Monday, submitting that the Nigerian Army shot and killed unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
The panel submitted its findings to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, agreeing with the report of witnesses that Nigerian youths were massacred at the Lekki area of Lagos State during last year’s #EndSARS protests.
The Nigerian army denied shooting live rounds at protesters, telling the judicial panel that only blanks were used.
But the panel report found that “soldiers actually shot blank and live bullets directly and pointedly into the midst of the protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate., with the deliberate intention to assault maim and kill.
It added that “The atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters, while sitting on the floor and waving their Nigerian flags, while singing the National Anthem can be equated to a ‘massacre’ in context.”
Commenting further on the atrocities of that ill-fated night, the panel report lamented that “A politician opened fire on protesters on video during the protests. The police traced the journalist who recorded the incident, arrested him and killed him. That politician is walking around, a free man.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu vowed a “proper response” to the panel’s recommendations, adding that a “white paper” would be published within the next two weeks.
Last month, activists and protesting youths held memorial protests in Lagos and in the capital Abuja under heavy police watch.