Lekki Toll Gate Report: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run this Country, Presidency Reacts

Screenshot of Femi Adesina at the Program. Image credit: Vanguard
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The Presidency has said that Amnesty International does not run this country and was wrong in its report on the military men’s involvement from the barracks to Lekki Tollgate, where peaceful protesters were shot at on Tuesday, October 20.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina said this on Channels TV, Thursday morning, while responding to claims that military high-handedness towards the protesters at Lekki Toll Gate culminated to hoodlums looting and vandalizing properties across the country.

In exonerating the military, Adesina said that the event at the Lekki Toll Gate did not spark the arson and looting spree that spread across the country.

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According to report from Vanguard, Amnesty International on Wednesday released a report entitled: ‘’Nigeria: The Lekki Toll Gate Massacre – New Investigative Timeline’’.

In the report, the civil rights organization narrated how the military men moved from a barracks till they got to the toll gate, where flag-waving and the National Anthem-singing #EndSARS protesters were shot at.

Before now, it had claimed that about 12 persons were killed in the shooting, which precipitated the looting spree across the country.

However, maintaining that looting and burning had started before the Lekki incident, Adesina told Channels’ Sunrise Daily: ‘’The prison break incidents in Benin and Oko had happened before Lekki.

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‘’Orile Police Station was burnt before Lekki. Many things happened before Lekki. So, Lekki did not precipitate before the looting, arson.

‘’Amnesty International is wrong. “Amnesty International is wrong. They don’t have all the facts; they don’t run this country, so they shouldn’t know beyond what they have been told.

“Amnesty International should do its job. But it’s the duty of Nigerians to look at what they have said whether it’s justifiable or not.”

When asked about the reports by the various ministers who President Buhari had sent to their home states, Adesina stated:  ‘’ Only two ministers had prepared their briefs.

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“The rest are still in their respective states. They should turn in their reports in the coming week and they will help establish the truths about some things. “The minister will come with what is near authentic.”

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