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Nigerian Government In Severe Hot Soup As Lagos Panel Report Reveals Names Of Peaceful Protesters Shot Dead By Nigerian Army At Lekki Tollgate(Full List)

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The Lagos State Judicial Panel on #EndSARS has revealed the names of nine peaceful protesters who were shot dead by the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Tollgate last year.

The panel was inaugurated on October 19, 2020, to look into complaints of citizens against human rights abuses by the police.

Following the incident at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, the Terms of Reference of the panel was expanded to cover that incident.

The panel sat for well over one year and took testimonies of petitioners, witnesses, experts and lawyers.

In its report obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday, the panel listed names of nine people (all male) who were shot dead at the scene of the protest last year.

Their names are; Victor Sunday Ibanga; Abuta Solomon; Jide; Olalekan Abideen Ashafa; Olamilekan Ajasa; Kolade Salami; Folorunsho Olabisi; Kenechukwu Ugoh and Nathaniel Solomon.

Four others: Abiodun Adesanya; Ifeanyi Nicholas Eji; Tola and Wisdom were missing and presumed dead.

The report noted that 39 other persons either sustained gunshot injuries, were assaulted or were victims of the stampede that occurred following the military invasion. 

The panel further noted, “The atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters, while sitting on the floor and waving their Nigerian flags, while singing the National Anthem can be equated to a ‘massacre’ in context.

 “A massacre has been defined as the killing of multiple individuals, which is considered to be morally unacceptable especially when perpetrated by political actors against defenceless victims.”—Wikipedia
“The Panel considered whether what took place at the Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th October 2020 was a MASSACRE. According to the learned authors of Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, one of the meanings of MASSACRE is ‘the act or instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty.’
“Against the above ‘contextual’ definitions, the Panel considered the following evidence before it: The EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate were defenceless members of the civil populace, youth and young adults;

“Both the Lagos State Government and indeed the Federal Government were well aware of their status, objectives and the nature of their protest;

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