- Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, says no one died at Lekki toll gate in 2020 during the #EndSARS protests
- The minister insisted that the reported massacre at the toll gate is the first massacre in the world without blood or bodies
- The Kwara-born politician also reiterated his earlier stance that the protests were exaggerated by the international media
FCT, Abuja - The Nigerian government has insisted that no human being was killed at the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.
The government's spokesman and minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the comment at a press conference attended by Legit.ng in Abuja on Wednesday, October 20.
Speaking at the briefing, Alhaji Mohammed said:
“At earlier press conferences, I had called the reported massacre at the toll gate the first massacre in the world without blood or bodies.
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“One year later, and despite ample opportunities for the families of those allegedly killed and those alleging a massacre to present evidence, there has been none: No bodies, no families, no convincing evidence, nothing.”
Meanwhile, former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has lamented that none of the perpetrators of the attacks on Nigerians at the Lekki toll gate has been arrested.
Victims awarded N148.2m as Lagos #EndSARS panel concludes sitting
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters held its final sitting after 131 proceedings on Monday, October 18.
On the last day, 23 deserving petitioners were awarded N148.2 million.
It was gathered that a total of 70 victims were awarded N410 million by the panel.
Legit.ng reporter beaten, arrested by policemen at Lekki toll gate
In a related development, one of the video journalists of Legit.ng, Abisola Alawode, was on Tuesday, October 20, picked up by police officers at the Lekki Toll Gate.
Abisola was at the scene of the #EndSARS memorial doing a live video of the event when he was picked up by overzealous policemen.
At the time, the policemen had asked journalists to wear their tags, while Abisola was about to do that, they seized some of his items and dragged him into their van.