We can no longer condole Lai Mohammed excesses, There should be legal action against him Now – Human Rights group blows Hot over EndSARS Panel report

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has called for the arrest of the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed for referring to the report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Lekki Shooting as “recycled fake news”.

NEWSMEN recalls that the panel which was set up by the Lagos State government in October 2020 to look into the allegations that the Nigerian Army and Police opened fire on unarmed EndSARS protesters in Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, had submitted its findings to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

A leaked copy of the report has indicted the army and the police, indicating that at least nine persons were killed by the security operatives during the shooting.

The report has, however, generated controversy as some government officials are allegedly attacking some members of the panel for making the report available to the general public.

NEWSMEN recalls that one of the panel members, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa had raised the alarm several times, alleging that some government officials have been after him since the report was submitted last week. In his recent statement, Ebun-Olu asked the general public to hold the government responsible if anything happens to him.

Recall also that one of the EndSARS protesters, Miss Kamsiyochukwu Ibe who testified before the panel was allegedly stabbed multiple times on Sunday by armed men yet to be identified.

In a video, the victim also alleged that some government officials are after her life for revealing the truth to the panel when she was questioned.

However, the Federal Government, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed on Tuesday during a press conference in Abuja, said the panel report was a recycled fake news. Mr Mohammed insisted that there was no massacre at the Lekki Tollgate in October 2020.

According to him, the panel only wasted their sitting allowances, stressing that more investigations are needed to uncover the controversy behind the shooting allegation. He stated that only when a well-investigative panel is set up and come out with its findings, the Federal Government would not change its stand.

Reacting to the development, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko in an exclusive chat with DAILY POST said that the Minister must be arrested over his comment.

According to him, the country is in a mess, stressing that Nigeria has no Federal Government. He lamented the level of “anarchy” in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

He said, “People just wake up and say what they want to say. There’s no scientific backing to what they say. There’s no evidence. They just say whatever they want to say because there’s no accountability, there’s no leadership; they just talk anyhow.

“So let’s just assume that the federal government has spoken through the Minister of Information who at the time the report was submitted to the Lagos state governor was contacted by the media and he told them that he couldn’t speak because he was in a meeting outside Nigeria and we later learnt that they went for a UNESCO meeting somewhere in Paris, France.

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