Global rights group , Amnesty International, has released the timeline of the October 20 , 2020 shootings at the Lekki toll plaza .
Amnesty, which stated last week that at least 10 persons were killed at the tollgate , detailed the events leading to the incident and warned the authorities against a cover -up .
This is contained in a statement titled , ‘ Nigeria: Authorities must stop attempts to cover -up Lekki Toll Gate massacre – new investigative timeline ’ .
The timeline collates photographs and video footage to confirm that Nigerian Army vehicles left Bonny Camp, a military base approximately a seven -minute drive from the toll gate , at 6 .29 pm local time on October 20 .
Amnesty said its International Crisis Response experts investigated and verified social media videos and photographs that confirm the Nigerian security forces were present at the Lekki tollgate when the shootings occurred as opposed to an earlier statement by the Nigerian Army.
The group said at 6 : 29 pm local time in Lagos , two military vehicles were filmed leaving Bonny Camp on videos shared on social media.
Amnesty said, “ Later, footage shows four vehicles with flashing lights in a convoy , and they appear to be vehicles used by the Nigerian military and police.
“ The same vehicles head east along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue – which changes its name to the Lekki -Epe Expressway – in the direction of the Lekki tollgate . On this route, the vehicles pass several international embassies and consulates , including the Japanese Embassy and the Australian High Commission .
“ Further photographs and footage capture the vehicles arriving at the toll gate, before the peaceful protest is disrupted by men in military uniform and gunfire is heard . As night time descended , protesters continued to film and share videos of the shootings . Later in the evening , videos of the victims were also shared on social media .”
Amnesty said approximately 6 . 45 pm , the Nigerian military opened fire on the # EndSARS protesters who were peacefully calling for an end to police brutality .
Country Director of Amnesty International , Osai Ojigho, said what happened at the Lekki tollgate has all the traits of the Nigerian authorities ’ pattern of a cover -up whenever their defence and security forces committed unlawful killings .
Ojigho said , “ One week on , the Nigerian authorities still have many questions to answer : who ordered the use of lethal force on peaceful protesters? Why were CCTV cameras on the scene dismantled in advance? And who ordered electricity being turned off minutes before the military opened fire on protesters?
“ The initial denials of the involvement of soldiers in the shooting were followed by the shameful denial of the loss of lives as a result of the military ’s attack against the protests .
“ Many people are still missing since the day of the incident , and credible evidence shows that the military prevented ambulances from reaching the severely injured in the aftermath. ”
Amnesty called on the government to bring to justice those behind the shooting and to protect those who are exercising their right to freedom of assembly .
“ The organisation is still investigating the shooting , and the reported removal of bodies of those killed by the military in an attempt to remove evidence ,” it said.
Meanwhile, a Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up by the Lagos State Government to look into the incident and grievances of victims commenced hearing on Tuesday .
The Panel calls on the public to come forward with memoranda for discussion.
Niger Delta Militants Threaten To Attack Lagos, Abuja
Niger Delta militants under the aegis of Supreme Egbesu Liberation Fighters have threatened to destroy infrastructure in Lagos State and Abuja .
In a video posted on Tuesday by AIT , members of the group were seen wearing masks and putting on a military uniform .
One of them , who read a statement on behalf of the group , lamented poor implementation of the amnesty programme in the region, saying , “ there are no schools , no potable water , no light , no hospital and access roads for our people to enjoy till date” .
He said , “ Over the years, the Niger Delta people have made frantic efforts to create an enabling environment but to our great dismay, the Nigerian government over the years has decided to handle the issues of the Niger Delta with kid gloves .
“ They have betrayed the struggle and have left the people to their fate ,” a member of the group read from a statement .
“ Rather, what is visible is the presence of military gunboat and the numerous military personnel dispersed to the Niger Delta who are killing, raping , and maiming the innocent people of the region.
“ Look at the security surveillance contract taking place in our region through the federal government these agencies in place have decided to shortchange our people . Now in our territorial waters , it is an Israeli company that is providing waterway security which we have competent hands with expert knowledge to manage.
“ Don ’t worry, because we are coming to destroy all your infrastructure in Abuja and Lagos . As a group committed to giving total liberation to our people , we will destroy the oil facilities both onshore and offshore in no distant time , we will be seen to be crippling the Nigerian economy. ”
Ogun To Arrest Illegal Occupants Of Forest Reserve
The Ogun State government said it would soon start combing its forest reserve to arrest and prosecute illegal occupants .
The State Commissioner for Forestry , Tunji Akinosi , said this while responding to questions from journalists in Abeokuta , the state capital.
Akinosi said the government had written letters to the traditional rulers in the areas asking them to tell the illegal occupants to leave or be arrested .
He said, “ We have asked those that are illegally occupying our lands to leave , and now we are moving to the second stage of combing the areas ourselves and arresting those that are still residents in the reserve. ”
The Commissioner, while speaking on the depleted condition of the forest reserve, said, “ In the last 18 months , this administration has taken the bull by the horn in getting the Imeko and Aworo Forest Reserves back and running .
“ Unfortunately , the depletion did not start right now , it has been there and government this year alone had met twice with the Iledotun project coordinators and had taken 108 ,000 hectares of the forest reserve in Imeko and Aworo for regeneration .
“ We call it LND project , Land Degradation Neutrality project where you bring people of diverse nations to regenerate that place , and I am sure that between now and the next few months , you will see the work that would start there in reclaiming all the land that is there .”
Police Misconduct Responsible For #EndSARS Protests —PSC
The Chairman , Police Service Commission , Musiliu Smith , has attributed the # EndSARS protests to the misconduct of officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
Smith , a former Inspector -General of Police , decried the level of misconduct in the police force saying his office was always inundated with complaints from Nigerians .
The PSC chairman stated this at a retreat with the IG and his police management team , in Abuja on Tuesday .
Smith ’s statement contradicted claims by the Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed that the October protests were instigated by political and religious leaders .
He also said the demonstrations which were subsequently hijacked by hoodlums leading to widespread violence and looting , were aimed at overthrowing the Federal Government .
But puncturing these claims in his first public comment on the incident , the retired IG said, “ We are always having a lot of complaints from the members of the public against police officers. I believe that # EndSARS resulted from serious misconduct of some of our personnel .
“ I want to advise that we review the arrangements we are making for investigating such cases . Let ’s ensure that investigations are thoroughly conducted and whoever is the police officer that has been indicted will be punished according to the law . If we are doing that , some of the public complaints will go down . ”
Smith , who had been at loggerheads with the police leadership on the recruitment of police constables , also admonished IG Mohammed Adamu to work closely with the commission on the recruitment of credible Nigerians into the force.
Smith added that the number of court cases against the police was alarming , stressing that the force may not be able to pay the damages awarded against it .
In his remarks earlier, the IGP noted that the retreat was to bridge the communication gap and engender a better understanding and working relationship between the force and the police service commission .
The Attorney – General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Abubukar Malami , who also spoke at the retreat, harped on the need for a harmonious working relationship among all the agencies of the government .