Lekki Toll-Gate Massacre: Why Families Of Victims Are Scared To Speak Out - Femi Falana - Mackenzie Sky Blog

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Lekki Toll-Gate Massacre: Why Families Of Victims Are Scared To Speak Out - Femi Falana

Lekki Toll-Gate Massacre: Why Families Of Victims Are Scared To Speak Out - Femi Falana
Femi Falana (SAN)
Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has revealed the main reason why those families who lost their loved ones at the Oct 20th Lekki tollgate shootings have refused to speak out.

Femi Falana who debunked claims that no casualties were recorded during the Lekki shootings stated that the victim’s families are scared to speak out because they “understand the environment under which we operate”

He made this statement during an ‘#EndSARS Zoom Meeting Global’ held on Wednesday 28th October 2020.

At the meeting, the Human Rights Lawyer made some revelations regarding the Nigerian Army and insisted that he will do everything within his power to expose the truth behind the attack.

His words;

“Nobody should believe the military because it has a history of lies, fraud, and deception.

“Just in December 2015, the same Chief of Army Staff, General (Tukur) Buratai claimed that there was a traffic jam in Zaria and the big man wanted to move and because of that traffic, he got soldiers from the first division in Kaduna to mow down Shiites.

“And what was the explanation? That the Shiites wanted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff…and about six or seven persons died.

“But in the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government, we were told that indeed 347 Nigerians were killed by the military. No autopsy, no postmortem, nothing was done. Their bodies were taken away in the dead of the night and given a mass burial.

"And people will ask you if anybody lost his child in Lekki, why have they not come up? Who has come up in the case of Zaria? Because you must understand the environment under which we operate.

“By the way, some of those injured in Lekki had to forcefully discharge themselves because they were told in the hospital that they were going to be held liable for the riot in the town. And so, everybody had to move.

“But as of today, the governor of Lagos State has admitted that two people lost their lives. The circumstances would have to be explained later but those two were among those shot by the soldiers.

“We are involved in the investigation and we are going to unravel the entire mystery surrounding the attack in Lagos.”

These are allegations leveled against the Nigerian Army and government and just like the case of Shiit, we hope some justices will be delivered to the EndSARS victims (Heroes).

The Nigerian Army has been condemned by both local and international organisations, civil societies, and individuals for shooting at unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.

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