The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for providing misleading information that nobody was killed during the massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
Recall that the minister has on several occasions said the military never shot a live bullet and the massacre was without any death record.
However, the Judicial Panel on Inquiry set up by the Lagos State government in its report on Monday stated that at least nine persons were killed by the Nigerian military and Nigeria Police Force, adding that the action of the security forces can be equated to a massacre.
Reacting, HURIWA said Mohammed has committed a grave and heartless offence against the Nigerian people and should be relieved of his job immediately.
The statement partly read: “President Muhammadu Buhari as a biological father of many well-educated children, to order the arrest and prosecution of his minister of information Lai Mohammed for committing a grave and heartless offence that is equivalent to the denial of the Holocaust of the six million Jews by Adolf Hitler which is punishable by nearly half a century of incarceration.
“We also commend the brave members and Chairperson of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the #ENDSARS PROTESTS especially the circumstances surrounding the massive cases of extrajudicial killings by the Army and armed police when these armed forces opened fire with lethal weapons targeted at the unarmed protesters.”
“President Muhammadu Buhari must note that as a Father of many Children he needs to ensure that impunity is never tolerated especially the extrajudicial killings of very youngsters of Nigeria by the Army just for protesting police brutality.”