Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressing #EndSARS protesters in Lagos
#EndSARS: US To Issue Visa Ban To Those Responsible For Lekki Shootings - Vantage News Nigeria
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressing #EndSARS protesters in Lagos

The United States Government says it is ready to impose a visa restriction on persons found culpable in the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Tuesday.

Soldiers deployed to disperse the protesters had opened fire on them. However, the Defence headquarters has denied deploying soldiers to the Lekki Toll Plaza, but Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu insisted the military carried out the shooting on the peaceful protesters at the toll plaza.

There is already a judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki killings which is set to begin investigation into the incident on Monday.

The governor said in a television interview, “For clarity, it is imperative to explain that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military. I have, nonetheless, ordered an investigation into the rules of engagement adopted by men of the Nigerian Army that were deployed to the Lekki tollgate last night.”

Although the casualty figure remains a subject of controversy, global rights group, Amnesty International, says 12 persons were killed in the incident.

Saturday Punch reports that it subsequently sent an email inquiry to the US Foreign Mission to Nigeria on whether those found wanting in the shootings would be banned from visiting the US.

According to the paper, the embassy stated in response of its inquiry, “We stand by Secretary Pompeo’s statement of October 8, 2020: Adherence to these democratic norms and to the rule of law allows all citizens to engage in political dialogue and support their choice of candidates, parties, and platforms.

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“We will watch closely the actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process and will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions.”

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