Video, 00:00:57The moment a miner is rescued from China gold mine, Learning disability vaccine plea: 'Don't leave us' Video, 00:02:09Learning disability vaccine plea: 'Don't leave us', One-minute World News. [39] However, many noted similar promises had been made in recent years, and that the government planned to reassign and review SARS officers to medical centers rather than remove them entirely. Protesters had been camping at the Lekki Toll Gate for two weeks before the shooting. Their corpses were seized by military personnel and emergency services were blocked from attending to the injured. [41], United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated[62] that "There is little doubt that this was a case of excessive use of force, resulting in unlawful killings with live ammunition, by Nigerian armed forces". Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? In recent celebratory accounts and interventions, Baba Aye, Andy Wynne and Femi Aborisade have written about how the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre (20 October 2020) is a watershed in the history of social revolt in Nigeria. [21][22] Though yet to provide any counter evidence, Nigerian authorities continue to deny that soldiers shot at protesters. 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. The eight-member panel is headed by Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice. ... Tinubu said the massacre should never … [10][11] The next day, the governor tweeted that “It is imperative to explain that no governor controls the rules of engagement of the army.” His tweet was taken to mean that he had not made any such orders. Video, 00:04:59. Despite its admission of being involved, it nonetheless continues to deny that its members shot and killed protesters. Long watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? She also said that the number of the dead increased to fifteen, but that she did not get a chance to record further, as her phone battery had died. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. [75] Protests have continued accordingly, and the Nigerian state had maintained a pattern of violent repression, including the killing of demonstrators. [60] UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab expressed deep concern and alarm at the reports of civilian deaths, calling for an end to the violence. [1], On the day of the shooting, on 20 October 2020, the government imposed a city-wide round-the-clock curfew in Lagos which was to start at 4 p.m. which had only been announced earlier that day around 1 p.m. via social media. The protesters were defiance of a curfew imposed hours earlier by authorities. [31] In 2018, Nigerian rapper Michael Ugochukwu Stephens known by his stage name as Ruggedman joined the campaign to end police brutality releasing a single titled, Is Police Your Friend? It was indeed a black Tuesday as innocent #EndSARS protesters murdered in a cold blood at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos state. The police rejected[51] the bodies. After experiencing a revitalisation in October 2020 following more revelations of the abuses of the unit, mass demonstrations occurred throughout the major cities of Nigeria, accompanied by vociferous outrage on social media platforms. [71], During a visit to the scene of the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, the panel found spent bullet shells. On 21 November, the Nigerian Army admitted to the Lagos Judiciary panel of inquiry into the shooting that it had deployed soldiers to the toll gate with both live and blank bullets. 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. [59] Several fires burned throughout Lagos after the shooting. The moment a miner is rescued from China gold mine. Mr. Sanwoolu in a statement signed by the state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotoso revealed that an investigation has been launched into the matter. End SARS is a decentralised social movement and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria. Video, 00:04:31From End Sars to End Swat, Nigeria protests explained. Solidarity protests and demonstrations by Nigerians in diaspora and sympathizers occurred in many major cities of the world. Inyene Akpan, 26, a photographer, said more than 20 soldiers arrived at the toll gate in Lekki and opened fire. Video, 00:01:42, How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating. [73], On 30 November 2020, The Nigerian Army admitted that its soldiers were armed with live ammunition when they opened fire on protesters at the demonstration in Lagos.[74]. Pandemic diaries: How are people coping in lockdown? Posted on October 21, 2020 - By @IamDaniCanada. Nigerian disc jockey DJ Switch made a livestream video of the shooting on her Instagram account. [3], The violence was strongly condemned by the chairman of the African Union Commission. [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. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre #EndSARS Nigerian Military Murders Peaceful Protestors, Beyoncé, Rihanna & More Speak Out. [37] SARS officers have been alleged to profile youths based on fashion choices, mount illegal road blocks and searches, conduct unwarranted temperature checks, arrest without warrant, rape women, and extort young Nigerians for driving luxury cars and using expensive electronics.[38]. 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. Investigative journalist ‘Fisayo Soyombo spent 10 weeks tracing the deaths, disappearances and injuries from the military intervention in the Lekki PORTRAITS OF BLOOD (1): Death Threats, ‘Murders’, Indiscriminate Arrests… Vaccine divides in the Middle East. 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[7] However, when I watch the footage of the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre in Lagos, I think of all the ‘race riots’ and similar massacres in American cities against Black Americans (who most likely have ancestry in West Africa). Protestors converged on the toll gate, set in the south of Lagos near the prestigious Lagos Island, on October 8. Unconfirmed reports say that she narrated her ordeal before the Sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian Parliament. In its response, the Nigerian Army insists that its members were 'professional in their conduct' and did not breach rules of engagement. The protests is notable for its patronage by a demographic that is made of entirely young Nigerians. [41], According to Amnesty International, shortly before the shooting, CCTV cameras were allegedly removed from the toll gate. On 26 October, the Lagos State government constituted a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate happenings during the EndSARS protests and to establish who shot protesters, who were affected, how much compensation victims should get, and who should be prosecuted. The Brigadier revealed that immediately after soldiers left, hoodlums took over the scene and attempted to destroy the toll gate. [56] Denying this, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, claimed that no one was killed at Lekki and later posted on Twitter that one person died at the hospital as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, and that the connection to the protest was under investigation. ", On November 24, as part of its investigations into the shooting, CNN obtained and released CCTV footages from government surveillance cameras overlooking the toll gate presented to the Lagos Judiciary panel of inquiry investigating police brutality, the abuses of the disbanded SARS and the toll gate shooting. [12] Though it maintained that it had done so because the protest had been infiltrated by hoodlums. « tooXclusive", "We Went To Lekki Toll Gate With Live Bullets, Nigerian Army Says", "Lagos Judicial Panel Begins Inquiry into Lekki Shooting, Police Abuses", "Inquiry probes shooting of Lagos protesters, police abuses", "Lekki Shooting: Judicial Panel Begins Sitting Tuesday", "Lagos: Panel on police brutality to begin sitting Tuesday", "Lekki Shooting: Bullet shells found by judicial panel members", "#ENDSARS: Lagos Panel Pays 'Unscheduled Visit' To Military Hospital Over Lekki Shootings", "Nigeria's Military Admits Soldiers Had Live Rounds at Lekki Toll Gate Massacre", "DJ Switch safe, out of the country- Peter Okoye's PA", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2020_Lekki_shooting&oldid=1001983494, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 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