LEKKI SHOOTING: NIGERIAN ARMY, SANWO-OLU, FASHOLA UNDER FIRE

Written by on November 19, 2020

A NEW CNN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT CONCERNING THE OCTOBER 20 SHOOTING OF #ENDSARS PROTESTERS BY MILITARY MEN AT THE LEKKI TOLL GATE, EMERGED ON WEDNESDAY AND GOT THE SOCIAL MEDIA BUBBLING, AS THE REPORT BACKED NUMEROUS EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS.

THE #ENDSARS AND #ENDBADGOVERNANCEINNIGERIA HASHTAG MADE A RETURN TO THE TRENDS TABLE ON TWITTER AS A RESULT, BUT THE FOLLOWING TRENDS WERE THE MAJOR ASPECTS OF THE CONVERSATIONS:

THE AMERICA-BASED NEWS TELEVISION, IN A DOCUMENTARY AIRED EARLY WEDNESDAY, MADE MORE REVELATIONS ABOUT THE LEKKI TOLL GATE SHOOTING OF ENDSARS PROTESTERS, AS IT CONFIRMED THAT LIVE ROUNDS WERE FIRED DIRECTLY AT PEACEFUL PROTESTERS BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY.

RECALL THAT THE NIGERIAN MILITARY HAD CLAIMED THEY ONLY USED BLANKS, AND FIRED IN THE AIR.

BUT VIDEO FOOTAGES FROM THE REPORT, WHICH WERE ALSO A CONFIRMATION OF EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, SHOWED MULTIPLE DEATHS, SEVERAL INJURED PROTESTERS AND TESTIMONIES FROM FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF THE SHOOTING.

THE REPORT ALSO TRACED THE LIVE BULLETS FIRED TO WEAPONRY DEALERS IN SERBIA WHERE NIGERIA WAS SAID TO HAVE ANNUALLY PURCHASED AMMUNITION BETWEEN 2005 AND 2016.

THE EMERGENCE OF THE INVESTIGATION RAISED OLD DUSTS AND BROUGHT HASHTAGS LIKE #ENDSARS AND #LEKKIMASSACRE BACK TO TOP OF DISCUSSIONS, GARNERING MASSIVE ENGAGEMENTS.


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