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Lagos State rejects findings of ‘massacre’ of protesters

Lagos State rejects findings of ‘massacre’ of protesters

LIBBY GEORGE NIGERIA’S Lagos State rejected findings by a judicial panel that security forces carried out a "massacre" of unarmed protesters last year, maintaining that only one person suffered a gunshot wound, according to a paper issued by the government this week. The judicial panel, which submitted its full report last month, was tasked with investigating October 2020 shootings that ended weeks of nationwide protests over police brutality and sparked the worst civil unrest in Nigeria since its return to civilian rule. A leaked copy of the report said the army fired live rounds at peaceful protesters in a "massacre"…
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Nigeria issues warning on planned protest

Nigeria issues warning on planned protest

NIGERIA’S information minister called on activists to drop plans for a protest in the commercial capital Lagos over the reopening of the site where demonstrators against police brutality were shot last year, saying it risked being "hijacked by hoodlums". Protesters were shot on October 20 by people witnesses said were soldiers at the toll gate in the affluent Lekki district of Lagos. Rights group Amnesty International said soldiers and police killed at least 12 protesters in Lekki and another district. The military and police have denied involvement. Nationwide protests against police brutality were largely peaceful until the October 20 shooting, which…
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Youth rep quits panel on police brutality

Youth rep quits panel on police brutality

ONE of the two youth members of a Lagos state panel investigating police brutality and the deadly shooting of protesters has resigned, she has written in a tweet. Rinu Oduala, 22, cited "undue intimidation of peaceful protesters" and the panel's recent vote to re-open Lekki Toll Gate, where the Oct. 20 shootings took place, before the panel concluded its investigation. "I will be stepping down from the Lagos Judicial Panel as it is now obvious that the government is only out to use us for performative actions," she said in a Tweet. A Lagos state government spokesman did not immediately…
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