Johannesburg – Amnesty International has called out Nigerian authorities for allegedly trying to cover up the Lekki Toll Gate massacre that took place on October 20 during the country’s #EndSARS protests.
The incident took place just before 7pm, when Nigerian armed forces opened fire on those protesting under the #EndSARS banner at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
The number of those killed remains unclear, but could be as many as 15 people, according to protesters who were at the scene.
Nigerians have been taking to the streets, peacefully demanding an end to police brutality, extrajudicial executions and extortion committed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), a unit of the Nigerian police tasked with fighting violent crimes.
“What happened at Lekki Toll Gate has all the traits of the Nigerian authorities’ pattern of a cover-up whenever their defence and security forces commit unlawful killings,” said Osai Ojigho, country director of Amnesty International.