Despite glaring evidence, some individuals and institutions continue to label the Lekki Tollgate shooting a ‘massacre’. By. Subsection Africa. Download Vanguard News App. I hope you are not joking about your tweet. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Dencia via her Instagram in a long post blamed Nigerian celebrities for the deaths of #EndSARS protesters who were murdered at the Lekki tollgate Massacre on Tuesday 20th October 2020. Reportedly officials were on hand to enforce a 24-hour curfew that was implemented Tuesday just FOUR HOURS before a mandatory 4 p.m. curfew. Published. I watched it live. Michael Adeshina. This is the latest message contained in a new paper published on January 13,... Two officers were injured while breaking up an illegal party with 200 guests in London, British police said on Saturday. Y’all start shit, set them up for failure, yall were chilling in your home on the days shit went left cus you were informed shit was going down. But the protesters were not swayed by the olive branch extended by the governor. The so-called recent development has been seen before. A second CNN Special titled ‘Analysis of CCTV footage from Lekki tollgate raises new questions about shooting’ only stated, “The footage corroborates the timings CNN reported for the gunshots fired by the army. On 26 October, the Lagos State government constituted a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate happenings during the EndSARS protests and to establish who shot protesters, who were affected, how much compensation victims should get, and who should be prosecuted. Stop following these rich folks and crack head celebrities who will run and hide when shit goes bad, stop. 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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Rinu Oduala and M… Indeed, the tweet is emblematic of what has become a common refrain on social and traditional media and beyond whereby people were just pulling off figures from the air to justify the purported massacre. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre: Apostle Suleman places curses on killers of Lekki protesters. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/12/lekki-tollgate-what-manner-of-massacre When the documentary aired, however, it fell flat in the face of professionalism and investigative journalism as it turned out to be a mere collage of social media videos and a barely masked attempt to manipulate the evidence that is in plain sight. The CNN showed satellite images of the Army leaving their barracks to Lekki but could not find satellite images of when they were packing bodies and which river they dumped them at. The first scene that comes to mind is white police officers firing at unarmed protestors. Bibliophiles and lexicographers must be cringing in shock and surprise as young and old Nigerians – some with Ivy League education – have wilfully employed this word to justify an unwieldy narrative. Published. Politics Nigeria October 20, 2020. By the dawn of Tuesday, October 20th, hoodlums infiltrated the ranks of the protesters, and several police stations and public properties across the metropolis went up in flames. A tweet from an eyewitness before shootings by soldiers A Twitter user shated a photo of men cutting off security cameras moments before soldiers shoot protesters. Avid respondents jumped on the tweet to commiserate with him but some discerning ones, particularly, one with the handle, @Dagenius21, asked for the victim’s name and picture stating; “(The) judicial panel need evidence that there’s indeed a “massacre”. The police became the target and the state government was left with no choice but to declare a curfew initially billed to start at 4 pm but in consideration of those who were already at work, moved to 9 pm. BREAKING: Sanwoolu reacts to Lekki Toll Gate Massacre. IDOMA VOICE that in October 20, 2021, several young Nigerians protesting against police brutality and highhandedness were gunned down at the Lekki Toll … Prove his death to us.”. The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwoolu has reacted to the shooting of several #EndSARS protesters by security agents at the Lekki Toll gate on Tuesday evening. Note: this story contains links to graphic footage. But when it came, the Lagos State government's CCTV footage of the Lekki toll gate shooting didn't capture everything. All evil piece of shit people. It was supposed to be the key piece of evidence. The governor … It has been a good natured affair; well-disciplined demonstrations, whose dispersed leadership has been constantly reminding those present not to give the police any excuse to intervene. As previously reported social media’s being flooded with startling pictures and videos of unarmed peaceful protestors who said they were attacked by Nigerian Armed Forces at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Mr. Sanwoolu in a statement signed by the state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotoso revealed t Nigerian army dismisses Lekki Toll Gate massacre as “fake news” By. Some days back, a random Twitter user with the handle, @Akinola70109569, tweeted in poor grammar as is prevalent on the micro-blogging site; “I wake up this morning to wish a friend happy birthday but I just to remember that is among victim in Lekki massacre. Up Next, 2020 and me: 'EndSARS was our … Rather, they got more emboldened perhaps because they were being fed with an assortment of free foods including chops and canapés, and drinks and entertainment round-the-clock by their enablers while Lagos teetered precariously on the brink of anarchy. The popular Lekki toll gate has been burned down shortly after armed security agents opened fire on #EndSARS protesters earlier this evening. Therefore, with its global reputation of robust investigative journalism, the world waited with frenzied expectation when CNN announced that it was releasing a special investigative report into the Lekki shooting. Protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Oct. 20. Unanswered Questions about Lekki Toll Gate Massacre on the 20th October 2020 Get link; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Other Apps; October 25, 2020 It came as a shock to me and many other Nigerians waking up to the news of some unarmed youths shot at by security officials at the most coordinated protest ground in Lagos, Nigeria. Here are more videos from the scene; Guys I … The governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had addressed the protesters and promised that all their demands would be met and, instructively, on October 19, inaugurated an 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to investigate cases of police brutality in the state. AMNESTY International also first alleged that 52 protesters were killed by the Nigerian Army and the police in different parts of the state but later reduced the number to 38 perhaps in solidarity with CNN. On radio and television programmes, many disgruntled Nigerians called in to express their grouses with the protesters who flagrantly infringed on the fundamental human rights of other citizens. As the situation degenerated further, the state government invited the Nigerian Army to help restore normalcy and those who know are aware that the order to shoot resides with the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari. All the internet curses, why don’t you have your parents call their friends who have friends in places? What we are asking CNN is that where is your evidence? The lekki toll gate massacre on the 20th of october 2020 in Nigeria is the reason we continue “Soro Soke” . on. It is beleieved that the youth are tried to be silenced after the lekki massacre that occured in lekki toll gate, Lagos. Nigerians and foreigners alike who see CNN as the Holy Grail of news reporting believed that it knew where the skeletons of the ‘massacre’ were buried. 3 days ago. Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the death of protesters who were killed by personnel of the Nigerian Army. There is nothing new. The intervention of the Army, which, however, left a couple of persons injured and two people confirmed dead by the governor later at the hospital, has now turned ‘massacre’ into a singsong, a fancy lingo for Generation Z and a viral hashtag which has inflamed and kept aflame the embers of the widespread misconception. In a video obtained by CNN and geolocated to Lekki toll gate at 2:36 a.m., one eyewitness, Legend, whose second name we're not publishing for his … “In Lagos, beyond setting up this panel, which we hope will serve as a representation of our broader interests, we have established a N200 million fund for compensation to families and individuals who have been victimized by officers of the disbanded SARS,” the governor said. Seun Opejobi. Advertisement. Lekki toll gate massacre: IPOB accuses Tinubu of aiding killing of End SARS protesters . What is happening is a repeat of the 1993 massacre during the Abiola - Tofa SDP political party protests. October 21, 2020. However, when I watch the footage of the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre in Lagos, I think of all the ‘race riots’ and similar massacres in American cities against Black Americans (who most likely have ancestry in West Africa). The Indigenous People … The 'Lekki Toll Gate' Massacre and What It Means for Nigeria Viewpoint by Azu Ishiekwene. BEVERLY HILLS, November 26, (THEWILL) - CNN Thursday admitted it misreported the death toll at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, a significant U-turn in its reporting of Nigerian soldiers and police shooting of defiant #ENDSARS protesters at the toll plaza on the night of October 20, 2020. If you can’t be on the forefront fighting, don’t encourage others to, no one should die for anyone or anything but themselves” – She wrote. It’s crazy, once the military is deployed, there no negotiations. There were reports of massive shooting by men in military uniforms at protesters on Tuesday evening at the Lekki Toll Gate. The accuser has, typically, been unable to supply further evidence of his phantom friend’s death but he gleefully termed the October 20 incident at the Lekki Toll Plaza a ‘massacre’. Segun Awosanya (Segalink) one of the initiators of the EndSARS campaign was appointed to the panel representing human rights activists. “The panel will in the next 24 hours be joined by two youth representatives and a member of the National Human Rights Commission as we look to provide restitution while following due process. End Sars protests: People 'shot dead' in Lagos, Nigeria - BBC The eight-member panel is headed by Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice. There was no mention of a massacre again, which made the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed declare, “It shows that they (CNN) are desperate. However, the Nigerian Army described the reports as “Fake News” and stated that none of its officers were at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday. Over Nine people have been confirmed dead after the massacre. The Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, acknowledged that at the request of the state government, the Army was at Lekki, Badagry, Ikorodu, Apapa, Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island, and other areas in the state to douse tension. Kikiowo speaks about the youth passionately following up on the panel setup by the government. Nigeria: Authorities must stop attempts to cover up Lekki Toll Gate massacre – new investigative timeline 28 October 2020, 09:17 UTC The Nigerian authorities’ must end their attempts to cover up the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, Amnesty International said, as it released a new timeline investigating the atrocity one week later. The massacre, a vicious attack by the army and the police on peaceful #EndSARS protesters that challenged police buritality and wanton state violence, targeted not only … (The Lekki massacre) However, three witnesses told Reuters News Agency that the soldiers fired at the protesters who had gathered in the Lekki Toll gate. How about the people in the high-rises on the expressway that CNN gleefully used their videos to analyse its skewed investigation; considering that they were not in any danger, was there none of their phones that captured the ‘massacre’ and subsequent cover-up? Section BBC News . Lekki Toll Gate Massacre: “Let his days be few and let another take his office – Apostle Suleman lay curses. The wave of protests caught global attention as iconic political, business and entertainment figures added their voices to the agitation to end police brutality in Nigeria and proscribe the SARS. “If there is anything new, it is a contradiction of CNN’s position. Indeed, what manner of bodiless and bloodless massacre happened at the Lekki Tollgate? Nigerian media reported that the protests resulted in a loss of N26.6 million naira (USD $70,000) per day. He’s your friend as claimed so you can assist us with good proof. The Lekki Tollgate, a major gateway on Lagos Island, was the convergence point of the protesters as they prevented other residents from going about their daily activities. Below is an Eyewitness footage; In recent celebratory accounts and interventions, Baba Aye, Andy Wynne and Femi Aborisade have written about how the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre (20 October 2020) is a watershed in the history of social revolt in Nigeria. Hero.”. OUR planet is dying faster than we realise. 0. ”Now all the rich folks and celebrities are tweeting from the comfort of their homes while the people die. Video, 00:07:20 Lekki toll gate shootings: What really happened? 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Reprudencia Sonkey, known professionally as Dencia has called out Nigerian celebrities for pushing young Nigerians to the forefronts to protest leaving them to die. They do that in America, in France etc. The proponents have an ally in CNN, which in the wake of the incident posted on its Twitter handle; “At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. HEAR WHAT A US ARMY HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE LEKKI TOLL GATE MASSACRE. The protests at the Lekki toll gate have been mostly peaceful, with demonstrators singing the national anthem, staging sit-ins, and praying. As you would recall, for about ten days, thousands of young Nigerians took to the streets to agitate for the proscription of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force that had gained notoriety for its reckless and high-handed modus operandi. We reported earlier that Soldiers are shooting armless protesters at Lekki toll gate which has lead to many deaths of protesters. He is not alone in this ignorant and ignoble class where making wild allegations is a sport but to provide evidence is as easy as retrieving a lost item from the Bermuda Triangle. READ our Privacy-policy and cookie policy. The Brigadier revealed that immediately after soldiers left, hoodlums took over the scene and attempted to destroy the toll gate. It will be recalled that men in military uniforms stormed the scene of the protest at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday evening and shot at many of them. Army labeled reports of the October 20 fatal shooting of protesters as fake, despite evidence to the contrary. You have entered an incorrect email address! But in Lekki, that’s not true. Dencia via her Instagram in a long post blamed Nigerian celebrities for the Reading Time: 3 min 0. 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It was indeed a black Tuesday as innocent #EndSARS protesters murdered in a cold blood at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos state. 7:20. People are already going through it. Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:25 am | Daily News Headlines | 1 Comment(s) Sanwo-Olu visits victims of Lekki toll shooting. Technical Feedback: whatsapp 08023469027 Kemi Filani News recalls that many protesters at the Lekki toll gate have been shot dead by soldiers for defying the 4pm curfew order on 20th October 2020. Lekki toll gate shooting caused by “forces beyond control” – Sanwo-Olu . 83. They succeeded and even set ablaze the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge tollgate.   The audacity of my friends talking shit on the internet acting as they care from the comfort of their homes. This intervention is centred on what I call the “Lekki Toll Gate Massacre” that was watched live on TV, like a reality show. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Fuck you too. Fuck anyone who’s encouraging people to go protest and die, yall ain’t shit. Government and lies. It also shows soldiers approaching protesters and firing shots.”. A brief response from the Nigerian Army read: “No soldiers were at the scene.” However, as the Nigerian Army denies … Their corpses were seized by military personnel and emergency services were blocked from attending to the injured. Thanks.” Another respondent added, “I’m sure you want justice to be done, please, give us evidence and let justice be done. The Nigerian Army has denied being involved in the massacre of peaceful protesters that occurred on Tuesday evening at the Lekki Toll gate despite leaked footage from the unfortunate scene showing uniformed soldiers carry out the killings.. https://thenationonlineng.net/facts-and-fantasies-of-the-lekki-massacre ABUJA (IDN) – It was hard to keep up with the torrent of posts as the power of social media was deployed in all its ferocity for good and evil. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre: NBA summons emergency meeting Dr Ajibade: "This is a new low in the level of bad governance that we are witnessing in this country" by Ogunsakin Mustapha. Meanwhile, in Amnesty International’s findings, published on its site on Tuesday, October 28, entitled “Nigeria: The Neither has any family appeared, as yet, at the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry, which was constituted to unravel the events surrounding the incident, to state that they lost a child or their ward. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has broken silence on Tuesday evening’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza area of the State. A Nigerian newspaper and Online version of the Vanguard, a daily publication in Nigeria covering Nigeria news, Niger delta, general national news, politics, business, energy, sports, entertainment, fashion,lifestyle human interest stories, etc. Adeoye, a public affairs analyst writes from Abeokuta. 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