The Lagos judicial panel has confirmed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu invited the soldiers who massacred unarmed and peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate.
The panel set up by the Lagos government to probe last year’s October 20 tollgate massacre specifically stated that Mr Sanwo-Olu invited the soldiers who shot and killed the peaceful protesters, who were mostly young Nigerians.
“The panel found that there was an invitation of the Nigerian Army to Lagos State made by the Lagos State government through the governor,” the just-released panel’s report stated unequivocally, “before the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army deployed its soldiers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu had claimed that he knew nothing about how Nigerian soldiers were mobilised to the tollgate. He had repeatedly exonerated himself of any blame from the massacre that took place at the Lekki tollgate in 2020, playing the victim that he had no control over the military force that invaded the tollgate and killed the protesters without any provocations.
The report submitted to the Lagos government on November 15, over one year after the #EndSARS protesters were massacred, pointed out that the soldiers and police shot, injured and killed protesters holding national flags and singing the national anthem at the Lekki tollgate.
Information minister Lai Mohammed had also denied any protesters’ killing on the night of October 20, 2020, accusing the peaceful demonstrators of orchestrating anarchy.
#EndSARS, a nationwide protest against police brutality championed by young Nigerians, ended on a sad note as Nigerian soldiers shot and killed protesters waving the national flag and singing the national anthem.