The Nigerian president announced that he would scrap the police unit (SARS) and directed state Governors to constitute a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to decide on cases of killings and brutality by officers of the defunct SARS so punishment can be meted on rogue officers. Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the death of protesters who were killed by personnel of the Nigerian Army. On the 21 November 2020, 34 days after the incident, the Nigerian Army admitted after weeks of denial that its servicemen deployed in military vehicles. [33][34][35] After experiencing a revitalisation in October 2020, mass demonstrations were occurring throughout Nigeria in major cities, and the hashtag had 28 million tweets. Over Nine people have been confirmed dead after the massacre. The Nigerian government has insisted that only social media massacre occurred at the Lekki toll gate during the End SARS protests. [75] Protests have continued accordingly, and the Nigerian state had maintained a pattern of violent repression, including the killing of demonstrators. Protesters had been camping at the Lekki Toll Gate for two weeks before the shooting. Protesters who briefly gathered again at the Lekki toll gate - where Tuesday's shootings took place - were forced out by police, he adds. Video, 00:04:59Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? The Brigadier revealed that immediately after soldiers left, hoodlums took over the scene and attempted to destroy the toll gate. [69][70], Following a call for submission of petitions against police brutality by the panel, several victims sent in damning reports of torture, killings, and other human rights abuses by the police. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre: “Let his days be few and let another take his office – Apostle Suleman lay curses. Thursday, January 21 2021 . An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty … The writer is the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview magazine based in Abuja, Nigeria. However, the protesters have refused all entreaties to suspend the protests and nominate youth Representatives into the Judicial Panel and called the government's bluff. On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 p.m, members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State, Nigeria. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Read more: .css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:700;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}The protests which have changed Nigeria forever, .css-po6dm6-ItalicText{font-style:italic;}Production and additional filming: Naomi Scherbel-Ball, Editing and graphics: Christian Parkinson. Video, 00:13:01. Video, 00:02:01, 'End Sars is about justice for our loved ones' Video, 00:05:33, 'End Sars is about justice for our loved ones', From End Sars to End Swat, Nigeria protests explained. No few than 78 Nigerians youths who are demand from their government to end police brutality and bad government were killed on the 20th of October 2020.Omokoshaban in report at about 9:52pm confirmed that dead in Lekki toll gate massacre.The incident coming after curfew were imposed on all part of the state.The government allegedly send some persons to go Solidarity protests and demonstrations by Nigerians in diaspora and sympathizers occurred in many major cities of the world. [72] The panel was denied access to a military hospital suspected of holding bodies of the victims for over 30 minutes but when the panel eventually gained access into the facility it was found purportedly under renovation and empty. Video, 00:05:22, Pandemic diaries: How are people coping in lockdown? In 2016, a human rights activist, Segun Awosanya popularly known as Segalink started EndSARS campaign on social media prompting police authority to announce reform of the police unit but nothing was achieved at the time. Lekki Toll Gate became popular more than Secretariat where Government could directly be met. The eight-member panel is headed by Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice. [20] The CCTV footage and other footages from the scene at the time showed soldiers shooting at protesters. The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses. The protests which have changed Nigeria forever. – Soldiers were deployed all over Lagos, including Lekki Toll Gate, after the other security agencies were overwhelmed on Oct. 20th 2020, upon the request of the state government. [3], U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden called on the Nigerian government to cease the "violent crackdown on protesters". Video of the event shows them raising their voices in song as they are shot. On 18 November, a month after the incident, CNN aired a six-minute documentary on the shooting. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre #EndSARS Nigerian Military Murders Peaceful Protestors, Beyoncé, Rihanna & More Speak Out. Video, 00:02:52. [3] On 21 October, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), released a statement explaining that network downtime experienced during the massacre was a result of damages to fiber cables across major routes in the city resulting in congestion and poor network services. This was followed by what many have termed the Lekki massacre. [67][68] The eight-member panel is headed by Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice. [36] Nigerians shared stories and video evidence of how members of SARS were engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in Nigeria. 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