- Nigeria's government has lambasted Amnesty International over its allegation on EndSARS protesters
- Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, asked to provide evidence to prove its claims
- Mohammed also noted that said the human rights organisation is gradually losing its credibility
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has told Amnesty International (AI) to show proof of the 12 people reportedly killed during the shooting at the Lekki toll gate or keep “shut up” for life.
TheCable reports that AI issued a statement alleging that the Nigerian authorities have resorted to intimidating demonstrators and covering up the incident, instead of ensuring justice for those killed.
Legit.ng gathered that the international agency also demanded the suspension of officials indicted in the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki, Lagos state.
Speaking on the allegation, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammad, in an interview with NAN on Thursday, January 28, said the human rights organisation is gradually losing credibility, and urged AI to come out with evidence of the people allegedly killed by the military.
“They will soon lose their respect and credibility if they continue to operate this double standard,” Mohammed said. If Amnesty International has any proof, it should come out with it or shut up.
“After a lot of dillydally, Amnesty International said 12 people were shot at the Lekki tollgate. They should take advantage of the judicial panel of enquiry set up by Lagos state to tell the names and addresses of the 12 people they claim were shot at the toll gate.”
Mohammed also accused AI of double standards in its reaction to issues happening in Nigeria and other countries and cited the example of the Capitol Hill invasion in the United States.
“American government has vowed that they will search, arrest and prosecute anybody involved in the attack on Capitol Hill. When Nigeria wanted to arrest and prosecute those hoodlums responsible for the killing of 37 policemen, six soldiers during the EndSARS protest, Amnesty International will find fault.
“At the Lekki toll gate incident in Lagos, they described the hoodlums as peaceful protesters, while the people who invaded Capitol Hill in the US were called insurrectionists.
“When the US government denied the investigators from the International Criminal Court visa to enter the US, we did not hear a word from Amnesty International.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faulted the investigative report by CNN on the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate.
It was reported that Seye Oladejo, the party's publicity secretary, said the report was suspicious, adding that it left more questions than answers.
Source: Legit Newspaper