Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has said he would soon provide a reaction to the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry which examined the Lekki Toll Gate shooting, according to his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi.
The panel in its report submitted to the Lagos State government on Monday stated that 48 #EndSARS protesters were victims of the shooting at the toll gate, with nine killed; and also classified the actions of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force as a massacre.
However, Mohammed, the official spokesperson of the Federal Government, has been unusually quiet since the report was submitted and leaked to the public four days ago.
Recall the minister has always insisted that no one died in the Lekki Toll Gate shooting that happened on October 20, 2020.
Following the leakage of the report, the 69-year-old Mohammed has come under intense criticism from a section of Nigerians, including activists and entertainers, and the international media, who have all demanded that either he makes an apology or that he should be sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari for the role he played in denying the massacre.
But the minister’s spokesperson said his principal has not been able to respond because he is out of the country on an official assignment.
“We are out of the country (Nigeria) on assignment. Expect our response shortly,” Adeyemi told the Punch via text message on Thursday.