After one week of keeping mum on the leaked report of the Lagos State panel set up to probe police brutality and the shooting at the Lekki tollgate, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has finally reacted.
Mohammed described the report of the Lagos State panel as fake, saying that it is riddled with discrepancies.
Mohammed said this at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
In the leaked report, the nine-member panel had alleged that at least nine persons were killed at the Lekki toll plaza when soldiers and policemen stormed the scene to disperse protesters on October 20, 2020.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mohammed argued that the findings of the panel were not backed up with facts.
According to the minister who also referred to the report as “tales by moonlight”, the discrepancies observed in the panel’s report have never been seen n the history of any judicial panel set up in the country.
“Without mincing words, never in the history of any judicial panel in Nigeria has a report been so riddled with discrepancies and conclusions that are not backed up [with facts],” he said.
“It was a phantom massacre. The report in circulation cannot be relied upon. The leakage of an unsigned report to the public is not enough.
“There is absolutely nothing in the report, circulating, to change our mind that there was a massacre at the Lekki tollgate.”
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