#EndSARS: NBA To Commence Legal Actions Against FG, Military Over Lekki Massacre

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The Nigerian Bar Association has condemned the horrific killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll booth in Lagos State.

NBA President, Olumide Akpata, in a statement asked the Nigerian Army to immediately identify the soldiers who carried out the attack and dismiss them from hours after the incident on Tuesday.

A team of armed security personnel had stormed the Lekki toll gate – where a series of protests had held peacefully – and fired live ammunitions at a unarmed crowd of youths there.

“The Military High command is hereby requested to immediately identify and name the officers involved in this gross professional misconduct for immediate prosecution and dismissal in line with extant laws,” Akpata said.

He added, “The NBA shall immediately commence legal proceedings at all relevant fora – both locally and internationally – against the Nigerian Military and other relevant authorities, on behalf of the families of the victims, for abuse of power, disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including the right to life) of the affected citizens.”

Akpata explained that given the degenerating nature of the crisis, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the NBA would be convened within the next 48 hours.

According to him, the meeting is to review the state of the nation and take other appropriate steps to decisively deal with the situation and prevent Nigeria from further going adrift.

The NBA president described the shooting as an act of recklessness and lawlessness by the security apparatus of the government. He stressed that based on reports available to the lawyers, it appeared to have been a carefully calculated and premeditated attack.

Akpata argued that even if the Lekki #EndSARS protesters were in breach of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State government, such a misdemeanour did not warrant the use of live ammunition by the military to confront peaceful, unarmed and defenceless protesters.

He stated that Tuesday’s events should never be seen or considered as normal in any democracy in any country.

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