President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to order the dismissal, arrest and trial of Lai Mohammed.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to sack Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, for lying to Nigerians and the rest of the world. The call came in response to the report of the Lagos State Government-appointed Panel of Investigation into the events of October 20, 2020, at the popular Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
The Nigerian Army, Police Officers and soldiers were accused of killing and maiming unarmed youths protesting illegal police activities and bad governance in Nigeria, according to a report released this week. However, Mohammed has repeatedly denied that anyone was killed when soldiers stormed the protest scene in a series of press conferences. Despite the Federal Government’s denials, the report provides clear evidence that a massacre occurred at the Lekki tollgate.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) called for his dismissal, arrest, and trial for his egregious lies, which a judicial panel of investigators in Lagos has now refuted. HURIWA made the demand in a media statement released in the wake of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Investigations issuing a conclusive judicial report and verdict. During the protest, the Army and Police broke their rules of engagement, according to the 309-page report.
Mohammed also disputed Amnesty International’s claim that security operatives killed at least 12 protesters in Lagos State during the EndSARS protest, according to HURIWA.
HURIWA “is asking President Muhammadu Buhari as a biological father of many well-educated children, to order the arrest and prosecution of his minister of information Lai Mohammed for committing a grave and heartless offence that is equivalent to the denial of the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler which is punishable by nearly half a century of incarceration.
”HURIWA “is also commending the brave members and Chairperson of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the #ENDSARS PROTESTS especially the circumstances surrounding the massive cases of extra judicial killings by the Army and armed police when these armed forces opened fire with lethal weapons targeted at the unarmed protesters.”
The rights group has asked the President not to sweep the lawlessness of the security agencies under the carpets just as it said if the President allows his information minister to get away with the impunity of denying the massacre that happened before the eyes of the World captured live on video cameras, then he will be remembered long after he has retired from public office as a dictator who oversaw the genocide of young protesters and the generations unborn will never forgive him for this.
“President Muhammadu Buhari must note that as a Father of many Children he needs to ensure that impunity is never tolerated especially the extra judicial killings of very youngsters of Nigeria by the Army just for protesting police Brutality”, HURIWA affirmed.
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