US said Nigeria army fire shots into the air
The government of the United States of America led by President Joe Biden has said the alleged killings of protesters at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020 by Nigeria soldiers did not happen because army fire shots into the air.
This is according to a report by the US Department of State sighted by The Nation released Tuesday entitled ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria.’
The US government stated in the report that it could not verify killings of young people on the fateful even at the end of 2020 despite CNN comprehensive report.
“On October 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 organization 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. 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. At year’s end the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution continued to hear testimony and investigate the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate.”