After Triple Confirmation, United States Has This To Say About Lekki Shooting By Nigerian Army

Published On: October 28, 2020, 11:17 am (3 weeks ago)
Author: CLARA JANCITA


On October 2020, soldiers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city.

From about 6:40 pm, the sound of gunfire rented the air as troops on foot – with vehicles moving slowly behind – marched from Sandfill Bus Stop inward the toll barrier.

Recordings captured the movement, simultaneous firing, and cries of citizens who in darkness chanted the national anthem and waving mostly miniature Nigerian flags.

But the Nigerian Army has denied that it used force that Tuesday night. The Defence Headquarters labeled videos posted on social media photoshopped.

This is despite discoveries of bullets and spent casings. Some collections have been displayed by DJ Switch whose Instagram live broadcast from the scene hit over 160,000 views.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has stated that images and footages showing the charge by military personnel are not fake.

Within 24 hours, America was silent amid global outrage. It was usual for a country with a strong foreign policy. The State Department reacted on October 22, two days after the incident.

The United States thoroughly studied the shooting of End SARS protestors before issuing a reaction on the vicious attack.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the episode and called for the prosecution of officers and men involved in the shooting.

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“The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury. Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.

“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles. We call on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights and for demonstrators to remain peaceful”,
Pompeo noted.



Hours after his statement, a delegation led by Ulrich Brechbuhl, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House in Abuja.

The United States thoroughly studied the shooting of End SARS protestors before issuing a reaction on the vicious attack.

On October 2020, soldiers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city.

From about 6:40 pm, the sound of gunfire rented the air as troops on foot – with vehicles moving slowly behind – marched from Sandfill Bus Stop inward the toll barrier.

Recordings captured the movement, simultaneous firing, and cries of citizens who in darkness chanted the national anthem and waving mostly miniature Nigerian flags.

But the Nigerian Army has denied that it used force that Tuesday night. The Defence Headquarters labeled videos posted on social media photoshopped.

This is despite discoveries of bullets and spent casings. Some collections have been displayed by DJ Switch whose Instagram live broadcast from the scene hit over 160,000 views.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has stated that images and footages showing the charge by military personnel are not fake.

Within 24 hours, America was silent amid global outrage. It was usual for a country with a strong foreign policy. The State Department reacted on October 22, two days after the incident.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the episode and called for prosecution of officers and men involved in the shooting.

Quote
“The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury. Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.

“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles. We call on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights and for demonstrators to remain peaceful”
, Pompeo noted.

A source close to the US government told DAILY POST that the seeming delayed response was due to officials’ scrutiny of the situation.

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“I heard that one of the reasons they waited to speak on Lekki was they wanted to “triple confirm”, said the source.

“But also remember the depth of intelligence that US has on this issue. They have means of finding out what happened. Wasn’t it GEJ who said that “America knows”.

GEJ is an acronym for former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

He made the comment after ex Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi accused then Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke of embezzling $20billion oil proceeds.

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“If you steal $20billion today, America will know”
, Jonathan declared.



Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 28-10-2020 11:17 AM | Hero
Its not time to relent. The protests has to go on

Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 28-10-2020 12:03 PM | Hero
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Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 28-10-2020 12:39 PM | Newbie
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Fake country
Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 28-10-2020 03:45 PM | Gistmaniac
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If to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done. People of pensionable age must not be allowed to contest for elective positions. If the youths are the leaders of tomorrow. People who are above the age of 60 years old, must not be allowed to contest for any elective political or government positions.
Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 28-10-2020 03:59 PM | Gistmaniac
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Civic war will inevitable happen in Nigeria until we kill all the old fools governing us they must all be slaughter like cows and goats.
Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 28-10-2020 06:04 PM | Newbie
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