- The Presidency has said the Amnesty International is creating false impressions about the shooting incident at Lekki toll gate
- Presidential spokesman, Adesina, noted that it was not true that the shooting led to the nationwide breakdown of law and order
- Adesina also disagreed that the widespread looting witnessed during the EndSARS protest was due to large-scale poverty in the country
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The Nigerian Presidency has accused global human rights body, Amnesty International, of making misleading claims about what happened at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20.
Speaking on behalf of the Presidency, Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari's special adviser on media and publicity, said the shooting incident at Lekki did not lead to widespread chaos.
“You are not quite correct. You are falling for the narrative of Amnesty International. And Amnesty is wrong. Anarchy had broken loose before even Lekki. The prisons in Benin and Oko had been broken open before Lekki. Orile police station had been burnt before Lekki.
“Many policemen had been burnt before Lekki. So, you cannot say it was Lekki that precipitated all those things. Look at the timelines, look at when all those things," Adesina said in reply to questions on a Channels Television programme on Thursday, October 29.
According to him, there were already incidences of hoodlum attacks during the EndSARS protests days before some unknown Nigerian soldiers were accused of opening fire on protesters.
“You will discover that it had happened before Lekki. So, you are falling for the gambit of Amnesty International.
“Amnesty International does not have all the facts, they don’t run this country. They shouldn’t know beyond what they have been told. They shouldn’t know more than you and I should know as media people, as watchers of developments,” he said.
He added Amnesty's claims have been debunked severally, especially by the military.
“Many times, the military has come out to dispute facts brought out by Amnesty,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported earlier that Adesina also disagreed with the claims that the looting which marred the peaceful #EndSARS protest across the nation is a reflection of the people's anger and hunger.
The journalist-turned- presidential aide said criminality is criminality.
According to him, it is just like justifying armed robbery because of poverty.
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