Tension in Nigeria as UK sends strong message to FG over Lekki shooting


British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately probe the attack on #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.

Raab said this in a tweet on Wednesday moments after the Lekki toll gate incident was discussed at the parliament.

He tweeted, “I am deeply concerned by the violence in Nigeria, including widespread reports of civilian deaths. We call for an end to all violence. The Nigerian government must urgently investigate reports of brutality by its security forces and hold those responsible to account.”

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Soldiers had on Tuesday shot at unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate plaza barely hours after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had imposed a curfew on the state.

Although the governor said only one person died in the incident, eyewitnesses claimed at least seven persons died in the attack.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons across the country with immediate effect.
The IGP, however, exempted those attached to Government Houses, the Senate President and the Speaker House of Representatives, from the order.

This is coming 10 days after the police authorities disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, following protests against the squad for high handedness and extrajudicial killings.

It was gathered that Adamu’s predecessors had also issued similar directives which were only observed in breach.

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The latest directive was contained in a police wireless message dated October 21, 2020, addressed to all state Commissioners of Police.

The wireless signal with reference number, CB:4001/DOPS/SPU/FHQ/ABU/VOL./ORDER AND DIRECTIVES, said, “any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences.”

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