NGO urges Senate to hold public hearing on Lekki shootings

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed on Tuesday that the Senate may next week consider the report of an Ad-Hoc Committee on security challenges with a view to finding solutions to Nigeria’s security problems.

Nigerian Lives Matter, a South Africa-based NGO, has called on the Senate to immediately conduct public hearing into Lekki Toll Gate shootings to unravel what happened during the EndSARS protest.

In a petition signed by its Founder, Mr Debo Adesina, Nigerian Lives Matter, asked the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to conduct proper investigation aimed at bringing perpetrators to book to prevent future occurrence.

Newsmen report the NGO sent the petition through its lawyers, Sphinix Solicitors, and copied the Attorney General of the Federation, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as well as Chief of Army Staff.

“This action by the men in military uniform is condemnable, against international best practices and capable of causing chaos nationwide if not properly investigated and nipped in the bud with adequate disciplinary action.

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“It is on this basis that we call for an investigation as to what really transpired that night at Lekki Toll Gate,” the NGO said.

Adesina, also Brand Ambassador for African Diaspora Forum, urged that the innate issues that prompted the protest in the first place be dissected, diagnosed and treated to avoid a repeat of such scenarios.

The Nigerian Lives Matter said that anyone indicted after the investigation into the Lekki Toll Gate shootings should be summarily dismissed and made to face criminal trial.

The NGO also called for adequate compensation of the families of victims and published apologies in mainstream media to Nigerians, especially the peaceful protesters.

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