#EndSARS: South-West Ministers Want Military To Be Probed Over Lekki Shooting

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Ministers from the South-West region of the country have demanded for a thorough investigation of the Lekki toll gate shooting reportedly carried out by the Nigerian army.

Recall that the #EndSARS demonstrations across the country turned violent on Tuesday October 20 after soldiers opened fire on peaceful anti-police brutality protesters, who had converged at the Lekki toll booth in Lagos state.

The incident triggered a global outrage, with calls for justice echoing from different parts of the world alongside lots of controversies in the last few weeks. In Lagos and other states across the country, vehicles, government buildings and private properties were razed and looted.

The ministers, who were directed by the President to relocate to their home states to douse the tension created by the #ENDSARS protests while presenting their report to the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, recommended a thorough investigation into the toll gate shooting incident, particularly the role of the military, TheCable reports

They also asked the Nigerian Government to assist businesses affected by arson and looting in Lagos and other parts of the country through the Central Bank of Nigeria and the National Economic Council

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, briefed the council on behalf of Otunba Niyi Adebayo representing (Ekiti), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sunday Dare (Oyo), Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun), Olorunimbe Mamora (Lagos) and Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo) as regards how they executed the directive on October 21 to ministers, for them to visit governors in their states.

“We also urged that the Federal Government should undertake a thorough investigation into what happened in the Lekki Toll Plaza, particularly the role of the military and ensure that the outcome is made public with a view to achieving closure on the matter,” Fashola said after the meeting.

“The highlight of the brief was to make recommendations to the federal government to support Lagos State to restore damaged facilities especially those related to the maintenance of law and order and the administration of justice such as police, court buildings and forensic laboratory.”

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