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Calling Lekki Shooting ‘Massacre’ Debatable – Obi’s Running Mate, Yusuf Datti

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The Labour Party Vice Presidential candidate expressed this view during a Channels Television program, Politics Today, on Thursday, October, 20, 2022.

Yesterday made it two years since armed security officers invaded the Lekki Toll Plaza in the dead of the night and opened fire at the #EndSARS protesters who had peacefully gathered to demand an end to police brutality in the country.

There have been claims by many Nigerians and also international organisations that some protesters were killed on that night but the Military have argued that its men only fired blank bullets at the protesters and that couldn’t have resulted in any fatality.

Also, both the Lagos state and Federal Government have repeatedly stated that nobody was killed at the toll plaza and challenged anyone whose relatives may have been killed in the shooting to step forward.

Commenting on the issue, Datti said even though there were abuses of procedure and there were civil rights violations, using massacre is highly debatable.

“There was abuse of human rights. There was abuse of procedure. And if some people interpret those as massacre, then yes.

“However, massacre has different technical meanings. I can’t say I know all of it but I know massacre requires the assailants to have first of all, no advance notice was given before the attack and people, the victims must have been attacked in their own areas.

“Now, these are well-meaning Nigerians who brought themselves out to a public area and were attacked by security forces that are meant to be protecting their lives and property.

“The use of massacre is highly debatable, but I can say for sure that there were abuses of procedure and there were civil rights violations.”

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