Lai Mohammed roasted as Panel report said soldiers shot, killed EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of information and Culture came under fire after Lagos State EndSARS Panel indicted soldiers and police who shot and killed protesters at Lekki Tollgate in October 2020.
Lai Mohammed had called the Lekki shooting a massacre without bodies when Nigerians marked the memorial of the shooting on October 20 this year.
Nigerians have consistently called out the Minister for denying that people died during the protests that grounded Nigeria for two weeks in October of 2020 over the high-handedness of the then notorious police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Eyewitness reports, including that of DJ Switch, who streamed the shooting life on Instagram, said soldiers shot at and killed protesters and took their bodies away.
Many investigative media houses, including the BBC, CNN and Premium Times said that soldiers shot live bullets at the scene of the protest in Lekki last year.
The Army denied the reports and said its personnel shot in the air after it first said blank bullets were used.
Nigerians reacted at Lai Mohammed who called for the sanctioning of the various media organisations that said protesters were killed in Lekki by soldiers.
Rinu Oduala, one of the campaigners of EndSARS called Lai Mohammed Minister of disinformation on television after the Lagos Judicial Panel indicted soldiers.
She asked if the minister is not embarrassed at the Panel’s report.
“Lai Mohammed, you haven’t said anything since the report came out.
Are you not embarrassed” she said on Twitter.
“If Lai Mohammed has any iota of integrity, he should apologise to CNN, Nigerians and submit his resignation letter immediately,” one person said on Twitter.
Others said Buhari should immediately sack the minister for misleading and his cabinet on the Lekki incident.
Sanwo-Olu has vowed on that that the Panel reports of the EndSars and Lekki shooting would be implemented to the latter.
He the promise when the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for victims of SARS set up by the government to investigate the 2020 riot submitted its report to him at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.