The Lagos State Government has released its White Paper on the report of the EndSARS panel that investigated the Lekki toll gate shooting of October 20, 2020.
In the document, the state government denied the panel’s report that nine persons were killed that night at the toll gate by soldiers who stormed the protest ground and opened fire on protesters. It described the claims as a product of “assumptions and speculations”.
The white though failed to answer questions like; where officers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Tollgate that night and who requested their presence? Recall that the Nigerian Army as well as the Lagos State government initially denied the presence of military men at the protest ground on that fateful night. A position that was proved to be false by the panel of inquiry.
In a short statement, Gboyega akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said one of the recommendations of the panel was rejected.
In the statement titled, ‘Highlight of the Lagos Government White Paper On The Lekki Incident Investigation’, he said, “Out of the 32 Recommendations made by the JPI in its Report of 15th November 2021, Government accepted 11, rejected one and accepted six with modifications.
“Fourteen recommendations fall outside the powers of the Lagos State Government and will be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration. Let the healing begin.”