After a few appearances before the panel, the military stopped cooperating with its investigation.
Although the Nigerian government and several pro-government activists have argued that no massacres have taken place, some social media users, including Nigerian songwriter and musician Obianuju Catherine Udeh, who goes by DJ Switch, broadcast the demonstration live. The people, frightened and scarred, could be heard in the video shouting “they shoot” as they ran in different directions in search of shelter.
On the first anniversary of the protest last month, Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed called for an apology from the trio of Amnesty International, CNN and DJ Switch “for having induced the world in error ”.
“The army did not shoot at the protesters at the Lekki toll booth on October 20, 2020, and there was no massacre at the toll plaza,” Mohammed told reporters in a statement. press conference in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. “The only recorded massacre was on social media. “
The panel report, however, said several protesters were hit by bullets when the army started firing and when police returned hours later to disperse what was left of the rally.