CNN Damning and Investigative Reportage Of #LekkiMassacre -By Richard Odusanya
The conspiracy of the Nigeria Military below the command of Maj Gen Muhammad Buhari and Tukur Buratai within the killings of unarmed youths, peacefully protesting police brutality #EndSARS, on the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020 has been trending dialogue amongst Nigerians and the worldwide neighborhood. It’s additionally believed that the Nigeria Police Pressure have been additionally on the scene.
“Who gave the orders?” is a query the Nigerian Goverment have refused to reply truthfully even within the face of overwhelming proof that got here with receipts of unarmed EndSARS protesters killed by the Nigerian Military on the Lekki Toll Gate.
The CNN, networking with a Balkan investigative reporting community, even went forward to offer ballistic proof to corroborate the place of the Amnesty Worldwide and validation of our earlier publications “The Navy Underneath The Command Of Stone Age Despots.”
Conscience is an open wound solely the reality can heal it. The reality is progressively popping out, Saturday’s admission by the Nigeria Military that stay rounds have been deployed is one more in a collection of regularly denials and altering narratives as to what occurred on that black Tuesday evening on the Lekki toll gate, the place protesters had gathered to peacefully exhibit in opposition to police brutality.
Previous to the Saturday’s admission by the Nigeria Military that stay rounds have been deployed within the operation, the federal government that seems weather-beaten turned puerile, disdainful, and paranoid in regards to the fact that’s evidentiary supported by accuracy of data and expertise.
On the outset, the Nigeria Military says we weren’t on the Lekki Toll Gate and later concured we have been there however on the request of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. However we didn’t use stay ammunition. It was clean ammunition we used. And later, they have been stopping panel from assessing their morgue. Even a layman is aware of solely a Generalisimo can provide orders to the Military.
The Nigeria minister of data and tradition Mr. Lai Mohammed in his combative temper and baseless accusations in opposition to the CNN Damning investigative report with a lot bravado, insisting that the navy didn’t deploy stay ammunition to the scene and there was no fatalities as claimed. This isn’t completely different from the earlier inconsistencies within the face of onerous info. He mentioned that the navy “fired clean ammunition into the air.” Identical to the earlier coterie of denials.
Fortunately, within the testimony of the Nigeria Military on the Judicial panel on Saturday November 21, 2020. The Military as represented by Brig Basic Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, Clearly, modified from the earlier narratives and admitted deployment of troops with stay ammunition, after the CNN Damning investigative report, opposite to the place of: Ministers of: Data/Tradition, Legal professional Basic/Justice, presidential spokesman, defence spokesman, former Military spokesman, and different defenders of the federal government.
The federal government has continued with collection of actions similar to: intimidation, harassment, arrest of the weather related with the #EndSARS, which has widen the hole between the federal government and its residents. Basically, the problems that precipitated the peaceable protest, the draconian measures, and police brutality is but to be addressed in any type.
Nonetheless within the try and cowl up, one other assertion was launched on Sunday November 22, 2020. Barely twenty 4 hours after the navy illustration on the Judicial panel. An announcement by Main Osoba Olaniyi on a Sunday, presumably to maintain the try at cowl up and discredit the CNN investigative report.
Our establishments, significantly the navy, that’s held in excessive esteem, have been infested with the mendacity bug, how do you clarify the collection of layers of contradictions. Even the testimony of Saturday by Brig Basic Ahmed Taiwo must be overhauled by one other assertion from the identical garrison command, the lies can’t be sustained. Falsehood might journey for years however fact will certainly overtake it in the future.
Think about there wasn’t social media.
Think about the narrative the Goverment would have pushed out and maintained. Think about the deep secrets and techniques the military would have saved. Think about how peaceable protesters would have been swept and prosecuted as criminals. The Goverment will simply be camouflaging the reality to cowl up the atrocities.
The Navy and Lagos state govt havent mentioned a single fact since this incident occurred.
Time beyond regulation, our establishments have been weakened by causes of overbearing tendencies of dictators, significantly in the course of the navy incursions into our governing system. Nigeria has change into a failed state. The bitter fact is the quagmire of dangerous governance has made hapless Nigerians misplaced hope within the nation.
It’s a paradox that whereas the nation is but to get well from the aftermath of the #EndSARS demonstration, the Nigeria police brutality and clampdown on residents haven’t abetted. The climax of which is the capturing by the safety aides to Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the home of representatives. It additionally occurred in Ekiti state on Sunday, the place safety particulars shot and killed residents.
In broad daylight, they shot and killed one other Nigeria citizen, a ‘newspaper vendor’ on the key street, within the capital metropolis of Abuja, with none menace to the individual of Mr Femi Gbajabiamila. The United Nation, world our bodies and governments of civilised nation must pay extra consideration to the happenings within the largest democracy in Africa, earlier than it’s too late.
The economic system is in whole shambles, healthcare in comatose, infrastructural decay, kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, inflation, recession and amongst others that has bedevilled our nation Nigeria. Problems with belief deficits, lack of transparency and accountability has been uncared for by the Nigeria authority.
Odusanya is the convener of AFRICA COVENANT RESCUE INITIATIVE ACRI
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