Data Minister Lai Mohammed Tuesday mentioned the panel’s report, which was leaked and broadly shared on social media final week, was “nothing however the triumph of pretend information.”
Talking at a press convention within the nation’s capital Abuja, Mohammed doubled down on the federal government’s persistent denial of the Lekki capturing, saying: “That report is nothing however the triumph of pretend information and the intimidation of a silent majority by a vociferous lynch mob.”
The minister additionally criticized CNN for “celebrating” the report in a “rush to say vindication.”
Nonetheless, a member of the panel Segun Awosanya instructed CNN Wednesday that the panel’s findings had been primarily based on objectivity and information.
He added that the minister’s remark was improper coming at a time the nation was nonetheless therapeutic from the Lekki incident.
“No matter it’s that Alhaji Lai Mohammed had mentioned at his press convention … isn’t the right approach that such a problem needs to be addressed in a nation that desires therapeutic, justice and needs to win the belief of the general public,” Awosanya mentioned, including that “the panel labored objectively and surgically … in the direction of making certain that the reality and the information are allowed to seem, and we gave our suggestions primarily based on that.”
Reacting to Mohammed’s declare that the leaked report “can’t be relied upon as a result of its authenticity is doubtful,” Awosanya instructed CNN that tough copies of the report had been despatched to the Lagos authorities.
“The report isn’t a public doc. A leak or no leak should not be the issue of the federal government… What issues to us is that we submitted arduous copies to the federal government, and the federal government has promised to answer it in two weeks via a white paper and make the identical public. We wrote the report, we put it collectively and we’ve got a consensus on it,” he mentioned.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution on the Lagos Courtroom of Arbitration had documented in its year-long report that the capturing of younger protesters who had been protesting peacefully in opposition to alleged police brutality by Nigerian safety forces on the Lekki toll gate, could possibly be thought of a “bloodbath.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken referred to as for motion as soon as the panel’s report has been launched formally. “There could also be reforms which are obligatory” to make sure an identical occasion isn’t repeated, he mentioned.
“If there are people that, because it emerges from this report, are answerable for committing abuses, there must be accountability by way of these people,” he instructed CNN.
A Nigerian authorities narration of the incident has lengthy denied that protesters had been shot on the toll gate, regardless of video proof and a number of witness accounts collated by CNN.