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#LekkiMassacre: Faction And Controversy Trail US Report

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Faction have risen again on the streets of Twitter and controversy has been the order of the day, following the United States’ report on the Lekki Massacre event that occurred in Lagos State on Tuesday 20th October, 2020, during the #EndSARS protests.
The report given by the US Department of State tagged ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria,’ and released on March 30, 2021 explained that no other organization was able to verify the claim of the number of people that died and the accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at the end of the year.Lekki Killings Victim suffers leg amputation
“On October 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end. Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during the event, but the government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no other organization was able to verify the claim. The government reported two deaths connected to the event. One body from the toll gate showed signs of blunt force trauma. A second body from another location in Lagos State had bullet wounds”, the report partly reads.
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The many who either do not believe in the #EndSARS protests from the beginning or have fallen off the movement along the way fed on the report and began trending the #LekkiLies hashtags, calling out the celebrities as well as other youths who took the protests to heart. Some others, however, insists they do not need the US report to validate their thoughts and beliefs as what they saw on DJ Switch’s Instagram Live on the night is enough for them to confirm there was a massacre.

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