Lekki shootings: Soldiers’ barracks have been identified —Falana

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By Tobi Adetunji.

Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has said the Alliance on Surviving  COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has commenced an investigation into last Tuesday’s shootings of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.

Falana, who is the Chairman of the group, said ASCAB has so far identified the barracks where the soldiers who opened fire on protesters were deployed from.

He made this known on Monday in an interview with the Arise TV monitored by Nigerian News Direct.

Falana, who insisted that soldiers were deployed to the demonstration ground last Tuesday, said, “We have already identified the barracks where the soldiers left for Lekki.”

Falana who however, did not reveal the details of the barracks said: “The President was likely to have been told soldiers were ordered so I want to believe that’s why it was not addressed. They said it was a rumor but I think the fact are emerging now, that indeed soldiers went to Lekki; indeed they fired at protester and indeed some of the protesters, at least two, have been officially acknowledge to have died from gunshot wound.”

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also lambasted the Federal government for disregarding respect for the rule of Law and Citizens’ right to protest.

He said, “The Nigerian government has no respect for the rule of law and has ensured they stave off all forms of protests in the country.

“Every designated venue for protest in the country have been fenced by the government to prevent demonstrations.   In Lagos, the Gani Fawehinmi Square has been fenced while the unity Fountain in Abuja has also been fenced, and the same government has said citizens have the right to protest,”  he said.