NBA demand identity of killer soldiers of Lagos #EndSARS Protesters
NEWSMAN, – Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has asked the Nigerian military to immediately release the identity of soldiers that carried out the shooting of protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos State on Tuesday night.
Military personnel had allegedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki tollgate hours after the declaration of a 24-hour curfew in the state. The incident was said to have caused the death and injury of some protesters.
NBA president, Olumide Akpata, in a statement, said “the NBA shall immediately commence legal proceedings at all relevant fora– both locally and internationally – against the Nigerian Military and other relevant authorities, on behalf of the families of the victims, for abuse of power, disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including the right to life) of the affected citizens.”
“The NBA believes that the current situation in the country calls for dynamic leadership and, as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, invites the President of Nigeria and others in authority to show uncommon leadership in saving the situation, instead of deploying troops against defenceless citizens whom they swore an oath to protect,” Akpata said.
Meanwhile, the Army in a statement reacted to the reports alleging the millitary’s involvement in the incident, and said the report is “Fake news, no soldiers were at the scene.” It also denied seizing corpses of victims of the attack.
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also blamed “forces beyond our direct control” for the death of peaceful, unarmed protesters at Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday.
But the government has however remained silent on the incident despite the bloody massacre. President Muhammadu Buhari, who also serves as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Force, has not reacted to the unjust killing.