Lekki Shooters: Fish Out Shooters Or Risk Another Protest – Group Says FG, Army
According to The Nation, a coalition of civil society groups has called on the Nigerian government to find the happy soldiers who have wreaked havoc in Lekki.
On Wednesday, the coalition issued a fifteen-day ultimatum to the federal government and the Nigerian army demanding the return of the soldiers who shot #EndSARS protesting at the Lekki toll collection point in Lagos.
Groups including the Campaign for Democracy, CD, Foundation for Human Rights, Access to Freedom and Defenders of Peace, HURIDE, Civil Liberties Organization, CLO and Forum of Igbo Elders, IEF, have threatened with another protest as the ultimatum expires.
They blamed the Lagos state government and the Nigerian military for pretending to be ignorant of the people behind the shooting, when in fact they had banded together to send troops to the Lecchi toll station, which they said the army finally exposed on Tuesday …
Speaking on behalf of Onitsha groups, CD Advertising Secretary and CD President of the Southeast Region, Dede Uzor Uzor, also said the federal government should create a fund to compensate families.
He said: “The protest was peaceful and very well organized until some crime suspects sponsored by people with an interest in the government started attacking them and inciting protesters’ supporters to violence in front of army soldiers. Nigerians were recruited to open fire on them.
“We are no longer talking about the involvement of soldiers or not, the army through Major Olaniyi on Tuesday revealed the involvement of the soldiers and those who invited them, now we are worried about the soldiers or officers who fired.
“This type of protest shooting at civilians is not used in a democratic government, so we ask President Muhammad Bukhari and Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to withdraw the soldiers responsible for the shooting within fifteen days. demonstrators at the toll collection point in Lekki.
“If, after two weeks, from today until November 1, 2020, the Nigerian army soldiers who fired despicable fire on demonstrators do not appear to the Nigerians, we will organize the mother of all the protests that Nigerians have ever seen in its history to prove to the world that Nigeria is not a banana republic and Nigerians are unhappy that their citizens are being killed like rats