#LekkiLies: Nigerians Divided Over US Report

A report by the United States Department of States saying there is no verifiable evidence of massacre at the Lekki Tollgate during the #EndSars protests, has divided Nigerians on social media.

While some think that the report has strengthened the position of both the federal and Lagos State governments that no massacre happened at the Tollgate on October 20, 2020, others think that it does not in any way invalidate the claims of fatalities during the incident.

The report had partly said, “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end.

“Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during the event, but the government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no other organisation was able to verify the claim. The government reported two deaths connected to the event. One body from the toll gate showed signs of blunt force trauma. A second body from another location in Lagos State had bullet wounds.

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“The government acknowledged that soldiers armed with live ammunition were present at the Lekki Toll Gate. At year’s end, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution continued to hear testimony and investigate the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate.”

@Yeribaba-II tweeted:
“Can we implement Social media bill now?
For the sake of those people who get emotional easily.

@bengbenro said:
“There is nothing shameful in believing a wrong notion, it’s only becomes an issue if you still hold on to it after all evidence has shown that you are wrong.
Apologize for being misled on #lekkilies , mend the broken fences & move on.”

“When those who unfriended and blocked us because of #LekkiLies.”

But @nwa042legit opined that there were truly killings. The handle said:
“#LEKKILIES we stood our ground even with all the insults and threats, we stood firm. Like our daddy always say “together we are strong” thanks to all the brave Nigerians. We won ✊”

@WoleBlaq tweeted:
“Are you people telling me Dj Switch brought hoodlums and staged the whole masaccre?
Kemi Olunloyo had said Nigerians are dumb. Now I believe.


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