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#EndSARS: Why family members of Lekki shooting incident are afraid to speak up – Lawyer, Femi Falana

Popular Nigerian Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has stated that family members of those affected by the shooting at the Lekki toll gate have refused to speak about the incident “because of the environment under which we operate”.

According to The Cable, Falana said this on Wednesday, October 28 when he spoke at a virtual #EndSARS meeting organized by human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore.

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Falana stated that the Lekki shooting must not be swept under the carpet like the ”killing of 347 Shi’ites in Zaria, Kaduna state, in 2015.”

In his words;

“Nobody should believe the military, it has a history of lies, fraud and deception. Just in December 2015, the same chief of army staff claimed there was a traffic jam in Zaria and the big man wanted to move.

And because of that traffic, he got soldiers from the first division in Kaduna to mow down hundreds of Shi’ites. And what was the explanation? That the Shi’ites wanted to assassinate the chief of army staff, and so his boys had to save him and in the process, they repelled these Shi’ites who had guns and about six or seven people died.

But in a commission of enquiry set up by the Kaduna state government, we were told that indeed, 347 Nigerians were killed by the military; no autopsy, no postmortem, nothing whatsoever.

Their bodies were taken away in the dead of the night and given a mass burial. And people will ask you, ‘if anybody lost his child in Lekki, why can’t they come up?’ Who has come up in the case of Zaria? Because you must understand the environment under which we operate.”

The lawyer also said some of those injured in the Lekki toll gate shooting “had to forcefully discharge themselves.”

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According to Femi Falana, the injured protesters were told in a hospital that they were going to be held liable for the riots in town, “and so, everybody had to move.”

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