Following Lai Mohammed’s allegations that no one was murdered in the October 20, 2020, Lekki tollgate shooting, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on President Buhari to dismiss, arrest, and prosecute him.
The writers issued the statement in response to the Lagos State Judicial Panel’s comprehensive judicial findings on the Lekki incident last year, which condemned the Nigerian Army and Police.
Lai Mohammed has consistently maintained that no one was killed in the shooting, and he has even demanded that CNN and other international and local news organizations apologize to the federal government for reporting that some demonstrators were murdered.
Lai Mohammed should be apprehended for “committing a grave and heartless offense”, according to the statement released on November 16 by HURIWA.
“As there has emerged undisputed evidence that indeed there was systematic annihilation of many civilian protesters in Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State last October, we are asking the President Muhammadu Buhari as a father of all to order the arrest and prosecution of his minister of information, Lai Mohammed for committing a grave and heartless offence that is equivalent to the denial of the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler which is punishable by nearly half a century of incarceration.
“HURIWA is also commending the brave members and Chairperson of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the #ENDSARS PROTESTS especially the circumstances surrounding the massive cases of extrajudicial killings by the Army and armed police when these armed forces opened fire with lethal weapons targeted at the unarmed protesters.
The Rights group asked the President not to sweep the lawlessness of the security agencies under the carpets just as the Rights group said if the President allows his information minister to get away with the impunity of denying the massacre that happened before the eyes of the world captured live on video cameras, then he will be remembered long after he has retired from public office as a dictator who oversaw the genocide of young protesters and the generations unborn will never forgive him for this.”