No Evidence Of Massacre At Lekki Tollgate - US Report » IReporteronline No Evidence Of Massacre At Lekki Tollgate - US Report - IReporteronline
Connect with us
                               

Latest News

No Evidence Of Massacre At Lekki Tollgate – US Report

Published

on

Kindly Share This

The United States (U.S.) Department of States says there is no verifiable evidence on the reported killings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, last year.

It stated this in a report entitled: ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria.’

But, British High Commissioner Catriona Laing said Nigeria’s worsening security situation is a source of concern to the United Kingdom.

He said UK was however, prepared to assist Nigeria in the war against insecurity.

There had been reports and claims of massacre at the toll gate by the military during the protests by youths against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and bad governance.

A special report by Cable News Network (CNN) had also said soldiers shot at protesters, killing many.

The US,  in its  report,  stated that accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available.

The report reads in part: “Although the protests were allowed to proceed unimpeded in most places, civil society observers reported the arrest of some peaceful protesters in Lagos, Osun, and Kano states on charges of “conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace.” All those arrested were released within days of their arrest.

“In October, #EndSARS protests were staged in states across the country to demand an end to police brutality. Demonstrations were largely peaceful, but some protests turned violent after criminal elements infiltrated the protests and security forces fired at protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20.

“According to #EndSARS Legal Aid, by year’s end, a network of volunteer lawyers had secured the release of 337 protesters, but it was unable to confirm how many remained in detention.”

The US department   went on with what it considers a detailed analysis of what transpired on October 20 by saying: “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end.

“Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during the event, but the government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no other organisation was able to verify the claim. The government reported two deaths connected to the event. One body from the toll gate showed signs of blunt force trauma. A second body from another location in Lagos State had bullet wounds.

“The government acknowledged that soldiers armed with live ammunition were present at the Lekki Toll Gate. At year’s end, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution continued to hear testimony and investigate the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate.”

On human rights abuses generally, the U.S. report asserted that there were reports that the government or its agents committed arbitrary, unlawful, or extra-judicial killings.

On insurgency, the department noted that Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa continued attacks on “civilians, military, and police; recruited and forcefully conscripted child soldiers; and carried out scores of person-borne improvised explosive device attacks–many by coerced young women and girls–and other attacks on population centers in the Northeast and in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Abductions by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa continued”.

“According to credible international organisations, prior to their dissolution, SARS units sometimes used torture to extract confessions later used to try suspects. President Buhari disbanded SARS units in October, 2020 following nationwide #EndSARS protests against police brutality.

“Of the states, 28 and the FCT (Federal Capital Territory) established judicial panels of inquiry to investigate allegations of human rights violations carried out by the Nigerian Police Force and the disbanded SARS units.

The report also asserted that local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international human rights groups accused the security services of illegal detention, inhuman treatment, and torture of criminal suspects, militants, detainees and prisoners.

The report also condemned “unlawful and arbitrary killings by both government and non-state actors; forced disappearances by the government, terrorists, and criminal groups; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government and terrorist groups; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions.

The United Kingdom advised the Federal Government to be more “precise  about the security support it needs  from the U.K”.

Laing  spoke yesterday at the sidelines of a reception held to welcome home, the 2019/2020 U.K Chevening Scholarship beneficiaries.

She explained that the U.K   team  has been helping the Nigerian military in the areas of training, campaign planning  and  countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Laing said: “We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation.

“Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere. In the Northeast there is  terrorism; in the Northwest, banditry, and kidnapping; in the Middle Belt,  farmer-herder conflicts and  in the South, the Niger Delta conflict everywhere.And the secession movements in the Southeast. So, Nigeria is really struggling.

She said: “We are here to support and help. We have the military team here, who came here after the Chibok girls were kidnapped actually. We are still here training the Nigerian military, helping them to do campaign planning and how to counter IEDs.

“We are here for a long time. This is a Nigerian partnership. Your insecurity becomes our insecurity if we don’t help you tackle it. So, we are here and we are trying to do our best to support you.”

Kindly Share This
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Sports2 hours ago

Tokyo Olympics: Palestinian Judo Fighter Quits The Olympics Instead Of Fighting His Israeli Opponent 

Latest News3 hours ago

Update: 9-year-old girl revealed as the person who set Ebeano supermarket on fire [Video] 

Latest News3 hours ago

#BBNaija6: $ex in the house is a no for me — Maria [video]

Latest News4 hours ago

Benin Artefacts: Germany Reveals Date Of Return 

Latest News4 hours ago

Nnamdi Kanu May Have Been Killed – IPOB Reveals 

Latest News4 hours ago

Consumers To Pay More As FG Ends N30bn Monthly Subsidy On Electricity 

Gist5 hours ago

#BBNaija: Peace Wins First Head Of House Challenge

Latest News5 hours ago

Why Igboho Has Not Used His ‘Powers’ To Disappear From Custody – Cleric 

Entertainment6 hours ago

Our Support Don’t Cost A Thing: Tinubu Support Group Germany Breaks New Frontiers 

crime6 hours ago

2 Suspected Cultists Arrested With Gun And Indian Hemp In Edo [Photo]

Latest News6 hours ago

JUST IN: 3 More Bethel High School Student Escaped From Bandits’ Den

Latest News7 hours ago

JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu Will Soon Be Free – Lawyer

Latest News7 hours ago

Buhari Signs N982b Supplementary Budget For 2021

Latest News7 hours ago

UPDATE:  Igboho’s Court Hearing Reportedly Taking Place Secretly In Cotonou As Security Men Order Supporters Out Of Court Premises

Entertainment8 hours ago

Sympathy Votes Or? #BBNaija “Olympus” Has Fallen Housemate , Angel Explains Why She Dropped Out Of Unilag Just After 2 Weeks

lifestyle8 hours ago

What Too Many Contraceptives Do To The Womb – Medical Doctor

Latest News9 hours ago

I Dare You To Come After Me, You Are About To Learn A Lesson If You Touch Me – Bakare Dares Buhari

Gist9 hours ago

Drama As Man Who Took Pregnant 12-Year-Old Girlfriend To Hospital Is Charged With Rape 

Latest News10 hours ago

This Is How Obi Cubana Became Wealthy – Aisha Yesufu

Latest News10 hours ago

Why DSS Failed To Produce Kanu In Court – Lawyer Reveals

Politics4 months ago

BREAKING NEWS: Fear Grips Aso Rock As Osinbajo Takes Over Declares Buhari Unfit, Overhaul Presidential Staff(Photos and Video)

Latest News4 months ago

Prisoner Caught Having Sex With A Female Prison Warder In South Africa (Photos)

Latest News2 months ago

BREAKING: Popular Pastor, TB Joshua Is Dead

Latest News2 months ago

Who Destroyed The System? Buhari Tackles Governors, Exposes Their Deceit (Matters Arising)

crime4 months ago

“I don’t need your money again, stop following me” – Man jumps out of his Benz runs mad (video)

Latest News1 month ago

Exposed: How Side Chic Murdered Super TV CEO Micheal Usifo In Cold Blood  

Latest News2 months ago

Attahiru: Two People Jumped Off Crashing Plane With Parachutes, Disappeared – Eyewitnesses (Video)

Latest News4 months ago

Waiter At Yahoo Boy Birthday Party Where Over 20 Attendees Died Finally Speaks

Latest News3 weeks ago

Edo Cult War: The “Scores” So Far As Maphite Allegedly Demands 42 Aye Heads In 42 Hrs (Black Axe vs MF)

Latest News3 months ago

Things Fall Apart: Edo PDP Writes Secondus Call For The Resignation Of Philip Shaibu Issues Stern Warning To Obaseki

Politics4 months ago

Trouble Looms As Asari Dokubo Announces Formation Of Biafra Govt

Latest News3 months ago

BREAKING: Armed Robbers Attack Aso Rock, Raid Residence Of Buhari’s Chief Of Staff

Latest News3 months ago

[BREAKING] COVID-19: FG Returns Curfew, Restriction On Mass Gatherings

Latest News2 months ago

Did T.B Joshua Foresee His Death? See What He Said About His June 12 Birthday

Latest News3 months ago

2023: Prophet Reveals Buhari’s Successor

Latest News2 months ago

JUST IN: Senate Receives Bill To Extend Teachers’ Retirement Age By Five Years

Politics3 weeks ago

JUST IN: Massive Blow For PDP As Jonathan Dumps Party For APC

Entertainment3 months ago

Omotola Finally Speaks On Having An Affair With Adams Oshiomole

Entertainment1 month ago

Chidinma Again: See Hot Video Of Slay Queen Smoking Heavily Just Some Few Hours Before She Murdered Super TV Boss

Latest News2 months ago

JUST IN: Obaseki Appoints Osaigbovo Iyoha As Chief Of Staff

Sports2 hours ago

Tokyo Olympics: Palestinian Judo Fighter Quits The Olympics Instead Of Fighting His Israeli Opponent 

Latest News3 hours ago

Update: 9-year-old girl revealed as the person who set Ebeano supermarket on fire [Video] 

Latest News3 hours ago

#BBNaija6: $ex in the house is a no for me — Maria [video]

Latest News4 hours ago

Benin Artefacts: Germany Reveals Date Of Return 

Latest News4 hours ago

Nnamdi Kanu May Have Been Killed – IPOB Reveals 

Latest News4 hours ago

Consumers To Pay More As FG Ends N30bn Monthly Subsidy On Electricity 

Gist5 hours ago

#BBNaija: Peace Wins First Head Of House Challenge

Latest News5 hours ago

Why Igboho Has Not Used His ‘Powers’ To Disappear From Custody – Cleric 

Entertainment6 hours ago

Our Support Don’t Cost A Thing: Tinubu Support Group Germany Breaks New Frontiers 

crime6 hours ago

2 Suspected Cultists Arrested With Gun And Indian Hemp In Edo [Photo]

Latest News6 hours ago

JUST IN: 3 More Bethel High School Student Escaped From Bandits’ Den

Latest News7 hours ago

JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu Will Soon Be Free – Lawyer

Latest News7 hours ago

Buhari Signs N982b Supplementary Budget For 2021

Latest News7 hours ago

UPDATE:  Igboho’s Court Hearing Reportedly Taking Place Secretly In Cotonou As Security Men Order Supporters Out Of Court Premises

Entertainment8 hours ago

Sympathy Votes Or? #BBNaija “Olympus” Has Fallen Housemate , Angel Explains Why She Dropped Out Of Unilag Just After 2 Weeks

lifestyle8 hours ago

What Too Many Contraceptives Do To The Womb – Medical Doctor

Latest News9 hours ago

I Dare You To Come After Me, You Are About To Learn A Lesson If You Touch Me – Bakare Dares Buhari

Gist9 hours ago

Drama As Man Who Took Pregnant 12-Year-Old Girlfriend To Hospital Is Charged With Rape 

Latest News10 hours ago

This Is How Obi Cubana Became Wealthy – Aisha Yesufu

Latest News10 hours ago

Why DSS Failed To Produce Kanu In Court – Lawyer Reveals

Trending