Lekki Massacre – The Lekki Massacre now has a page dedicated to it on Wikipedia, in other to inform and educate people on the killing of unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll gate in Lagos.
According to Wikipedia, the shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20, was carried out by the Nigerian armed forces.
On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 pm WAT, members of the Nigerian Armed Forces opened fire at peaceful demonstrations part of the End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu initially denied any loss of life by gunfire, but later admitted that at least one person was killed. It’s the latest of the Nigerian army’s display of ruthlessness and disdain for civilians’ lives. The army has been known to open fire and kill harmless civilians in Zaki Biam, Odi, and in 2015 Zaria massacre in Kaduna. The Lekki massacre mirrored the events of the Shiites killing, where the army opened fire on a harmless group of people and collect bodies after to erase the evidence
According to Amnesty International, shortly before the shooting, CCTV cameras were allegedly removed from the toll gate. In addition, Nigerian authorities cut the electricity to the toll gate so that it would be dark and filmed evidence of the shooting would not emerge, the advertisement billboards at the toll gate which are owned and maintained by Loatsad Media were also turned off. Loatsad Media stated, “On Tuesday [20 October] when the curfew was announced we heeded the governors warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governors curfew request.” It was also reported that network providers switched off the network antennas in that area as protesters who used MTN and Airtel as their network providers reported that they were unable to make phone calls or use the internet at that time, MTN Nigeria released a statement later that night apologising for the loss of network coverage in that area as at the time of the shooting.
According to one witness, after the lights were switched off at the toll gate, soldiers arrived and allegedly began shooting directly at the crowd. Another witness stated that the shooting continued for fifteen to thirty minutes and that after the shooting he observed multiple bodies on the ground. The soldiers were said to have walked in a formation towards the protesters with trucks flashing light before they opened fire.
Following a message spread on social media that protesters would be safe if they sang the national anthem and waved the Nigerian flag, Protesters sat down with locked arms singing the Nigerian anthem and waving the Nigerian flag as 20 armed military personnel approached. Video of the event shows them raising their voices in song as they are shot.
A popular Nigerian DJ, DJ Switch, live-streamed the event on Instagram during, and the aftermath of the shooting. In the video, they attempted to remove a bullet from the leg of a man who was shot, tying a Nigerian flag around his leg.
At least 46 people were killed around Nigeria on Tuesday, October 20 according to data gathered by Lagos-based risk advisory, SBM Intelligence. In the hours after the shooting, People’s Gazette, a local newspaper, reported that the army had tried to give nine bodies to the police to help them bury. The police rejected the bodies. On October 23, DJ Switch made a video on Instagram where she explained what happened and said that she counted up to 15 bodies.
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