The presidency has declared that Amnesty International (AI) can’t have more information or details about the Lekki toll gate incident in which soldiers reportedly opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters.
This position was made public on Thursday by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina when he appeared on a Channels TV interview programme.
Adesina who insisted that violence had erupted before the Lekki toll gate incident also said there is no justification for the looting of COVID-19 warehouses experienced in the last few days across many cities in Nigeria.
While justifying his position on reports by AI, Adesina noted that police stations had been attacked and prisoners set free in jailbreak incidents in Edo and Ondo before the Lekki toll gate incident.
“You are not quite correct. You are falling for the narrative of Amnesty International. And Amnesty is wrong. Anarchy had broken loose before even Lekki. The prisons in Benin and Oko had been broken open before Lekki. Orile police station had been burnt before Lekki.
“Many policemen had been burnt before Lekki. So, you cannot say it was Lekki that precipitated all those things. Look at the timelines, look at when all those things. You will discover that it had happened before Lekki. So, you are falling for the gambit of Amnesty International.
“Amnesty International does not have all the facts, they don’t run this country, they shouldn’t know beyond what they have been told. They shouldn’t know more than you and I should know as media people as watchers of developments,” he said.
Naija News recalls the Lekki toll gate incident remains shrouded in controversy amidst the belief that the government ordered soldiers to shoot peaceful #EndSARS protesters.
There have been confusions about who ordered the military to the scene of the Lekki toll gate protests and the shooting which occurred later.
Both the military authorities and the Lagos State government had initially denied deploying soldiers to the scene while the federal government also claims it is awaiting a further briefing from the committee set up to investigate the incident.
But Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu later said soldiers were present at the scene of the Lekki shootings and the Military also voiced out, declaring they were invited by the Lagos State government.
However, DJ Switch who was there and made a live Instagram video on the night of the shooting claims the security operatives shot and killed some protesters. She also displayed some of the bullet shells allegedly picked up from the scene of the shooting in a video where she recounted her ordeals from the night.