Nigeria: Army accused of massacring protesters

Nigerian army soldiers wounded and shot dead peaceful protesters marching against police brutality at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos in October 2020, an African judicial commission denounced, calling the act a “massacre.”

Too unarmed protesters were shot, attacked and beaten by police, resulting in injuries and deaths, according to the commission.

Eleven men died and another four are missing and are “presumed dead”, of the 48 people identified as victims of the repression in Lekki, according to the report presented to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The report has yet to be released, but The Associated Press obtained a copy and confirmed the details with sources close to the commission and one of its members.

“At the Lekki toll booth, Nigerian army officers injured and shot dead defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification, when they waved the Nigerian flag and sang the national anthem, and the manner of attacking and killing can be described, in context, of massacre, ‘says the report.

The conduct of the soldiers in Lekki is compounded by their “refusal to allow ambulances to provide medical attention” to the victims, the report says. He also accuses the police of trying to cover up the shooting at the toll gate in Lagos.

Some of the wounded in Lekki confirmed to the AP the report’s descriptions of how soldiers opened fire at the protest.

A Lagos state government spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.