No Lekki Toll Gate massacre, soldiers shot ‘into the air’ – U.S
NEWSMAN – U.S. Department of State has stated that Nigerian soldiers fired shots “into the air” to disperse #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Oct. 20.
In the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Nigeria, the department presented its evaluation of the controversial shooting incident, which was dubbed a massacre in Nigeria.
On Tuesday, the department released the report.
Its stance contradicts allegations made by the media and #EndSARS activists that soldiers shot demonstrators with live bullets.
US State Department said there is no “accurate information” on the deaths, despite Amnesty International reporting that ten people died in the incident.
“On Oct. 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end.
“Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during the event, but the government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no other organisation was able to verify the claim.
“The government reported two deaths connected to the event. One body from the toll gate showed signs of blunt force trauma, Dailytimes reported.
“A second body from another location in Lagos State had bullet wounds.
“The government acknowledged that soldiers armed with live ammunition were present at the Lekki Toll Gate,” part of the report stated.