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100 Days After, Buhari Regime Still Attacking Victims Of Lekki shooting, Amnesty Says

               President Muhammadu Buhari

More than 14 weeks after Nigerian soldiers fired shots at unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, authorities have yet to indict suspected perpetrators, says Amnesty International. 

The global rights group said in a statement on Thursday that the President Muhammadu Buhari regime had instead continued to subject survivors of the shooting to “intimidation” and “smear campaigns.” 

The Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, expressed worry that 100 days after the Lekki shooting, many frontline supporters of the #EndSARS protests still have their bank accounts frozen by authorities for unjustifiable reasons. 

“The bloody events of 20 October 2020, when Nigerian security forces killed at least 12 people during the violent dispersal of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki and Alausa, have cast a shadow over Nigerian society that lingers to this day,” Mr. Ojigho stated. 

The rights group urged the Buhari regime to bring perpetrators of the Lekki shooting to justice while ensuring remedies for victims. 

Despite credible video evidence capturing the troops’ shooting at the protesters while singing the national anthem at the toll gate, the Nigerian government has repeatedly disregarded corroborative reports by local and international media, insisting that no protester was killed during the shooting. 

A disc jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, aka DJ Switch, who streamed live the shooting that left at least 12 #EndSARS protesters dead, was labelled “a front for divisive and destructive forces’’ by the country’s information minister, Lai Mohammed. 

Peoples Gazette had earlier reported how the interior ministry compiled a no-fly list of Nigerians who participated in the protests that led to the dissolution of the brutal police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

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