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Date : 2021-01-22

[15] She has since left the country for Canada following threats to her life. Video, 00:04:31, From End Sars to End Swat, Nigeria protests explained, Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? [53] A detailed report by Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times, established the events that led to the massacre, an attempted cover-up, and abandonment of victims by the Lagos State Government.[54]. [69][70], Following a call for submission of petitions against police brutality by the panel, several victims sent in damning reports of torture, killings, and other human rights abuses by the police. It was indeed a black Tuesday as innocent #EndSARS protesters murdered in a cold blood at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos state. The BBC's Nigeria Correspondent Mayeni Jones investigates what happened that night and the climate of fear that has followed the shootings at Lekki toll gate. [3] A former marketer with Etisalat Telecommunications Company (now 9Mobile) was reported to be one of the casualties. Posted on October 21, 2020 - By @IamDaniCanada. Video, 00:02:52. [3] There have been complaints about missing persons[6] and a few have been confirmed to be hospitalized and in critical condition. She also said that the number of the dead increased to fifteen, but that she did not get a chance to record further, as her phone battery had died. However, Tinubu denied that he has any investment in the toll gate which is managed by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). In 2016, a human rights activist, Segun Awosanya popularly known as Segalink started EndSARS campaign on social media prompting police authority to announce reform of the police unit but nothing was achieved at the time. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. On 20 October peaceful protesters were reportedly shot dead when the Nigerian Army opened fire on protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. Video, 00:07:20, Up Next, 2020 and me: 'EndSARS was our Black Lives Matter' Video, 00:03:09, 2020 and me: 'EndSARS was our Black Lives Matter', 'It was a massacre... We pay for these bullets' Video, 00:02:59, 'It was a massacre... We pay for these bullets', Nigeria protest violence: 'It feels like a war' Video, 00:02:51, Nigeria protest violence: 'It feels like a war', Candlelight vigil for #EndSars protester. End SARS is a decentralised social movement and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria. [19], On November 24, as part of its investigations into the shooting, CNN obtained and released CCTV footages from government surveillance cameras overlooking the toll gate presented to the Lagos Judiciary panel of inquiry investigating police brutality, the abuses of the disbanded SARS and the toll gate shooting. [6] The independent investigation showed geolocated photographs of victims interviewed eyewitnesses and the families of victims and verified trended videos of the shooting using using timestamps and data from the video files. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. A Footage posted on social media shows hundreds of people demonstrating at Lekki Toll gate Lagos state of Nigeria. [57], Nigerian international footballer Odion Ighalo said he was ashamed of the Nigerian government. “The State Government has … On 21 November, a month after the incident, in response to a CNN documentary on the shooting, the Nigerian Army admitted to the Lagos Judiciary panel of inquiry into the shooting that it had deployed its personnel to the toll gate with both live and blank bullets. It was on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. [3] On 21 October, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), released a statement explaining that network downtime experienced during the massacre was a result of damages to fiber cables across major routes in the city resulting in congestion and poor network services. Long watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? [42] Also, the electricity supplying lights to the toll gate was cut and the advertisement billboards, which are owned and maintained by Loatsad Media, were turned off. Long watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? [3], The violence was strongly condemned by the chairman of the African Union Commission. Pandemic diaries: How are people coping in lockdown? [71], During a visit to the scene of the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, the panel found spent bullet shells. The Nigerian president announced that he would scrap the police unit (SARS) and directed state Governors to constitute a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to decide on cases of killings and brutality by officers of the defunct SARS so punishment can be meted on rogue officers. [3], According to witnesses, the military did not allow ambulances to provide aid and removed corpses from the scene of the shooting. [1], A popular Nigerian DJ, DJ Switch, live-streamed the event on Instagram during and in the aftermath of the shooting. Corroborating a previous testimony given by the Lekki Concession Company to the panel, the footage stopped at about 8 pm because the CCTV had been tampered with ostensibly to provide cover for the shooting. [58] Protesters defied the curfew although it was later extended till 9 p.m. by the Lagos State Governor, staging several demonstrations, and gunfire could be heard throughout the city. [57] The Nigerian military denied responsibility for the shooting, tweeting that media reports were "fake news". The widespread looting and damage that occurred across Lagos in the aftermath of the Lekki toll gate shooting has led to the authorities clamping down on people who took part in the protests. He also dismissed the CNN investigation as "fake news" and "misinformation. Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? The protesters were defiance of a curfew imposed hours earlier by authorities. The documentary also revealed that in collaboration with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, several of the bullets from the Lekki Toll Gate originated from Serbia as export documents showed that Nigeria imported bullets from Serbia every year between 2005 and 2016. On 9 November 2020, 20 days after the massacre, the disc jockey DJ Switch who gained nationwide fame for her live-stream of the shooting, was granted right of asylum in Canada after multiple threats on her life and that of her close friends. [60] UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab expressed deep concern and alarm at the reports of civilian deaths, calling for an end to the violence. The 'Lekki Toll Gate' Massacre and What It Means for Nigeria Viewpoint by Azu Ishiekwene. Within a few days of renewed protests, some claimed victory when, on Sunday, 11 October 2020, the Nigerian Police Force announced it would be dissolving SARS. Transport workers, Agberos etc using those roads for legitimate business lost their right to use the roads ARISE Correspondent @lailajohnsonsal speaks with #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos. – Soldiers were deployed all over Lagos, including Lekki Toll Gate, after the other security agencies were overwhelmed on Oct. 20th 2020, upon the request of the state government. [73], On 30 November 2020, The Nigerian Army admitted that its soldiers were armed with live ammunition when they opened fire on protesters at the demonstration in Lagos.[74]. She said that armed soldiers and police officers shot at her and other peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on the night of 20th October and that among them were officers of the disbanded SARS unit. The protests which takes its name from the slogan started in 2017 as a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand the disbanding of the unit by the Nigerian government. But this survivor of last week’s shooting at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by peaceful Nigerian demonstrators says she knew she had to speak out. Nicknamed the "Soro Soke" generation - which means "speak up" in Yoruba - they took to the streets across the country for almost two weeks, calling for change. [12][13] It maintained that it had done so for the 'protection of the force' in case of any attack by hoodlums who had infiltrated the protests. About 28 million tweets bearing the hashtag have been accumulated on Twitter alone. Video, 00:01:03One-minute World News, Nalvalny supporters detained in Russia. The Lekki toll gate massacre came after weeks of demonstrations against the notorious Nigerian police unit known as SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. In a statement made on 22 October 2020, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari called for calm and said he would promote police reforms; however, he did not issue a statement or acknowledge the massacre at the Lekki toll gate. The youth of Nigeria found their voice in 2020 with the rise of the End Sars protests against police brutality. The eight-member panel is headed by Doris Okuwobi, a retired justice. 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[41][63] Members of Nigeria women's national football team, including Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, condemned the massacre. [3] U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that Nigerians' right "to protest peacefully needs to be guaranteed" and that "police brutality needs to stop, and those responsible for acts of such dramatic violence are made accountable". [41], According to Amnesty International, shortly before the shooting, CCTV cameras were allegedly removed from the toll gate. The BBC's Nigeria Correspondent Mayeni Jones investigates what happened that night and the climate of fear that has followed the shootings at Lekki toll gate. Protesters who briefly gathered again at the Lekki toll gate - where Tuesday's shootings took place - were forced out by police, he adds. 2023: I swear to God, Buhari will not support Tinubu’s candidacy – Lamido; [41] Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted that Nigerian authorities should "stop killing young #EndSARS protesters". The tweet reads: Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers. Bossip Video . Pastor Faith Abiola Oyedepo to begin monthly prayers in remembrance of Lekki massacre victims Pastor Faith Abiola Oyedepo, the wife of the popular Nigerian Pastor and Founder of Living Faith, Bishop David Oyedepo is set to begin prayers for all those who lost their lives during the Lekki Massacre some months ago at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre #EndSARS Nigerian Military Murders Peaceful Protestors, Beyoncé, Rihanna & More Speak Out. Video, 00:02:01Candlelight vigil for #EndSars protester, 'End Sars is about justice for our loved ones' Video, 00:05:33'End Sars is about justice for our loved ones', From End Sars to End Swat, Nigeria protests explained. The documentary has given rise to another wave of outrage, this time mostly towards the Nigerian authorities' changing narrative in the face of naked evidence. [3] Loatsad Media stated, "On Tuesday [20 October] when the curfew was announced we heeded the governor's warnings and didn't want our staff in any danger, hence by 3 pm, our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governor's curfew request. Another footage shows four vehicles with flashing lights in a convoy, and they appear to be vehicles used by the Nigerian military and police. [36] Nigerians shared stories and video evidence of how members of SARS were engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in Nigeria. © 2021 BBC. An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty … Protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Oct. 20. On the 21 November 2020, 34 days after the incident, the Nigerian Army admitted after weeks of denial that its servicemen deployed in military vehicles. [3] The protesters prevented vehicular traffic on the major thoroughfare during these two weeks of demonstrations. In an independent analysis of the attack, Wall Street Journal investigated various clips from social media and concluded that indeed the massacre took place in Lekki. In the first of this three-part series, he details the death threats, intimidation and reported incidents of murder obstructing the flow of information on the number and identities of victims. [31] In 2018, Nigerian rapper Michael Ugochukwu Stephens known by his stage name as Ruggedman joined the campaign to end police brutality releasing a single titled, Is Police Your Friend? Video, 00:00:57The moment a miner is rescued from China gold mine, Learning disability vaccine plea: 'Don't leave us' Video, 00:02:09Learning disability vaccine plea: 'Don't leave us', One-minute World News. Unconfirmed reports say that she narrated her ordeal before the Sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian Parliament. [60] A few hours after the massacre, the Lagos State Governor visited the injured victims in hospitals in Lagos. Video, 00:13:01. This statement comes after weeks of denial by the Nigerian Army that its servicemen were never deployed at the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the masscre. Lekki Toll Gate Massacre: “Let his days be few and let another take his office – Apostle Suleman lay curses. The first scene that comes to mind is white police officers firing at unarmed protestors. The North Star is a network of Black and Latinx journalists and creators that provide daily news stories and podcasts with action steps that help you get involved. « tooXclusive", "We Went To Lekki Toll Gate With Live Bullets, Nigerian Army Says", "Lagos Judicial Panel Begins Inquiry into Lekki Shooting, Police Abuses", "Inquiry probes shooting of Lagos protesters, police abuses", "Lekki Shooting: Judicial Panel Begins Sitting Tuesday", "Lagos: Panel on police brutality to begin sitting Tuesday", "Lekki Shooting: Bullet shells found by judicial panel members", "#ENDSARS: Lagos Panel Pays 'Unscheduled Visit' To Military Hospital Over Lekki Shootings", "Nigeria's Military Admits Soldiers Had Live Rounds at Lekki Toll Gate Massacre", "DJ Switch safe, out of the country- Peter Okoye's PA", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2020_Lekki_shooting&oldid=1001983494, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. .css-1snjdh1-IconContainer{display:none;height:0.875em;width:0.875em;vertical-align:-0.0625em;margin-right:0.25em;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Lekki toll gate shootings: What really happened? [1], On the day of the shooting, on 20 October 2020, the government imposed a city-wide round-the-clock curfew in Lagos which was to start at 4 p.m. which had only been announced earlier that day around 1 p.m. via social media. At least 20 bodies of #EndSARS protesters massacred at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos by operatives of the Nigerian Army were on Friday secretly moved to (IDH) mortuary. The protests is notable for its patronage by a demographic that is made of entirely young Nigerians. Up Next, 2020 and me: 'EndSARS was our Black Lives Matter' Video, 00:03:092020 and me: 'EndSARS was our Black Lives Matter', 'It was a massacre... We pay for these bullets' Video, 00:02:59'It was a massacre... We pay for these bullets', Nigeria protest violence: 'It feels like a war' Video, 00:02:51Nigeria protest violence: 'It feels like a war', Candlelight vigil for #EndSars protester. In a video made on October 23, she clarified that she witnessed the shooting of seven people at the time she was live-streaming on Instagram. The Lekki Toll Gate was one of the two major sites in Lagos of the massive #endSARS youth protests which had gripped the national and global imagination for two weeks till … This was followed by what many have termed the Lekki massacre. This intervention is centred on what I call the “Lekki Toll Gate Massacre” that was watched live on TV, like a reality show. Video, 00:04:59Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? In recent celebratory accounts and interventions, Baba Aye, Andy Wynne and Femi Aborisade have written about how the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre (20 October 2020) is a watershed in the history of social revolt in Nigeria. She hadn’t been able to sleep for a week and just wanted to “stay hidden” at first. [75] Protests have continued accordingly, and the Nigerian state had maintained a pattern of violent repression, including the killing of demonstrators. Lekki Toll Gate became popular more than Secretariat where Government could directly be met. ", "Lekki Massacre: Police reject nine bodies from Nigerian Army: Sources", "Switch on Instagram: "here are my real handles: Instagram:@djswitch_ Twitter: @dj_switchaholic Facebook: djswitch00 Snapchat: @dj_switch, "Young Nigerians Came to Protest Police Brutality. [1], On the night of 20 October 2020, Nigerian Armed Forces shot at unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria. MTN Nigeria apologized later that night for the loss of coverage at the time of the shooting. [20] The CCTV footage and other footages from the scene at the time showed soldiers shooting at protesters. Shaun King Oct 21, 2020 - 3:51 . [41], United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated[62] that "There is little doubt that this was a case of excessive use of force, resulting in unlawful killings with live ammunition, by Nigerian armed forces". Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? ABUJA (IDN) – It was hard to keep up with the torrent of posts as the power of social media was deployed in all its ferocity for good and evil. They succeeded and even set ablaze the Lekki … [39] However, many noted similar promises had been made in recent years, and that the government planned to reassign and review SARS officers to medical centers rather than remove them entirely. CNN said that Nigerian authorities refused them a response when approached for clarifications. [23][24] 20-10-20, The Nigerian Army has been known to open fire and kill unarmed civilians in previous incidents, most notably in a 2018 attack on Shiite Muslims who were protesting against the jailing of a cleric in which 45 Nigerians were killed. Breaking News. He said he saw two people being shot. SHAUN KING: Millions of People Watched the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre Happen. Video, 00:02:38, How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating, Long watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? Solidarity protests and demonstrations by Nigerians in diaspora and sympathizers occurred in many major cities of the world. The #EndSARS movement is making International headlines amid credible reports that Nigerian soldiers killed innocent civilians. Inyene Akpan, 26, a photographer, said more than 20 soldiers arrived at the toll gate in Lekki and opened fire. 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She further said at least 15 people were killed in the shootings and that she and other survivors took the victims’ bodies to the soldiers who took them away. In his original response to the documentary, the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had said that the military "fired blank ammunition in the air." The admission contradicted previous statements about the incident including from telling the judicial panel previously that the soldiers were firing in the air and firing blank ammunition. Video of the event shows them raising their voices in song as they are shot. ", On November 24, as part of its investigations into the shooting, CNN obtained and released CCTV footages from government surveillance cameras overlooking the toll gate presented to the Lagos Judiciary panel of inquiry investigating police brutality, the abuses of the disbanded SARS and the toll gate shooting. On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 p.m, members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State, Nigeria. Thursday, January 21 2021 . Protesters had been camping at the Lekki Toll Gate for two weeks before the shooting. The Nigerian Army has denied being involved in the massacre of peaceful protesters that occurred on Tuesday evening at the Lekki Toll gate despite leaked footage from the unfortunate scene showing uniformed soldiers carry out the killings.. Nigeria: Authorities must stop attempts to cover up Lekki Toll Gate massacre – new investigative timeline 28 October 2020, 09:17 UTC The Nigerian authorities’ must end their attempts to cover up the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, Amnesty International said, as it released a new timeline investigating the atrocity one week later. Protestors converged on the toll gate, set in the south of Lagos near the prestigious Lagos Island, on October 8. Video, 00:02:52Pandemic diaries: How are people coping in lockdown? On 29 October, Amnesty International released the timeline of the attack: In a report on 21 October, Amnesty International stated that at least 12 protesters were killed in what the organization described as "extrajudicial executions". It also said the soldiers were given live and blank [66] rounds of ammunition, but stopped short of clarifying who gave the order. At least 46 people were killed around Nigeria on Tuesday, October 20 according to data gathered by Lagos-based risk advisory, SBM Intelligence. [37] SARS officers have been alleged to profile youths based on fashion choices, mount illegal road blocks and searches, conduct unwarranted temperature checks, arrest without warrant, rape women, and extort young Nigerians for driving luxury cars and using expensive electronics.[38]. Human rights activists home is celebrating were laser cameras and not CCTV cameras earlier. 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