President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to sack the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed immediately.
This follows the report of the Panel of Investigation set by the Lagos State Government to unravel the incidents of October 20, 2020, at the popular Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos State.
The report released Monday had indicted the police and soldiers of the Nigerian Army of having killed and maimed harmless youths protesting illicit police activities and bad governance in Nigeria.
But Mohammed, in a series of press conferences has continually denied anyone was killed when soldiers invaded the protest scene, describing the gory incident as ‘massacre without bodies’.
Consequently, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called for the minister’s dismissal, arrest, and trial for egregious falsehood which has now been contradicted by a judicial panel of investigators in Lagos.
In a media statement Tuesday, HURIWA recalled that Mohammed also faulted the claim by Amnesty International that no fewer than 12 protesters were killed in Lagos State by security operatives during the EndSARS protest.
The group said it is “asking President Muhammadu Buhari as a biological father of many well-educated children, to order the arrest and prosecution of his minister of information Lai Mohammed for committing a grave and heartless offence that is equivalent to the denial of the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler which is punishable by nearly half a century of incarceration.”
It added that it is also “commending the brave members and Chairperson of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the #ENDSARS PROTESTS especially the circumstances surrounding the massive cases of extrajudicial killings by the Army and armed police when these armed forces opened fire with lethal weapons targeted at the unarmed protesters.
The rights group warned the President not to sweep the lawlessness of the security agencies under the carpets.
“President Muhammadu Buhari must note that as a Father of many Children he needs to ensure that impunity is never tolerated especially the extrajudicial killings of very youngsters of Nigeria by the Army just for protesting police Brutality”, HURIWA stated.