South-West Ministers ask FG to probe military’s role in Lekki shootings

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Reactions continue to trail the shooting of unarmed EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.

In a latest development, Ministers from the South-West part of Nigeria have urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency probe the role of soldiers in the shooting of the protesters which happened on Tuesday, October 20.

The Ministers also called on the Federal Government to assist the State Government in restoring some of the public facilities destroyed in the aftermath of the protests.

15 police stations, state High Court building, among others were identified as facilities destroyed during the attack that followed the protest in Lagos state.

This was disclosed to State House correspondents on Wednesday by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fashola stated that he has briefed the council, on behalf of other ministers, on how they executed the presidential directive of October 21, 2020 that ministers should visit their states and state governors.

He said after meeting with state governors from his zone, it was decided that being the epicentre of the violence, they should all visit Lagos State which they did.

On the shooting at the Lekki toll gate, Fashola said, “We also urged the Federal Government to undertake a thorough investigation into what happened in the Lekki Toll Plaza, particularly the role of the military and ensure that the outcome is made public with a view to achieving closure on the matter.

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“We recommended that the Federal Government re-mobilise critical organs and agencies such as the National Orientation Agency and formal educational institutions to focus on ethical re-orientation, inculcation of family values into the school curriculum.

“We recommended focus on etiquette, local reasoning, critical thinking, solution-seeking, empathy, self-respect, civic duty and human rights.”

Adding that the ministers from the South West also asked the Federal Government to actively seek and support the process of justice for all by ensuring that any of those apprehended and identified to be involved in the perpetration of this carnage be speedily brought to justice and fairly tried.

Fashola said the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, also visited the Lagos Island Hospital to empathise with seven persons who were reported to have been injured.

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