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#EndSARS: Nigerians react as Lagos judicial panel report indicts Nigeria Army, Police

Nigerians are reacting to the report submitted by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry which highlighted the role of the Nigeria Army and Police in the killing of #EndSARS protesters. The Nigerian government, Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Army and Police at separate times had insisted no one was killed in the attack on protesters…

Nigerians are reacting to the report submitted by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry which highlighted the role of the Nigeria Army and Police in the killing of #EndSARS protesters.

The Nigerian government, Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Army and Police at separate times had insisted no one was killed in the attack on protesters at the Lekki Tollgate.

But the panel led by Justice Doris Okuwobi in the report submitted to Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, disclosed that at least 48 protesters were either shot dead, injured with bullet wounds, or assaulted by soldiers who were at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.

The report said the “Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenceless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre.”

The panel report may have put the doubts, denials, and tensions on individuals connected with the EndSARS protests to dead.

Some of the Nigerians that mobilised other citizens to join the nationwide protest in October 2020 are excited about the report while many others want all the recommendations made by the panel implemented by the government.

What next after the report?
Since the content of the report has been made public, Nigerians are calling for action – prosecution of culprits and justice for victims of police brutality in Nigeria.

Former Nigerian lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani tweeted that “the doubters and deniers of the #LekkiMassacre should simply and humbly step out of their bubble of falsehood and accept the fact that they attempted to cover up corpses with Roses.