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#EndSARS killing was a massacre as over 150 were wasted – Falana, others

•Gov Sanwo-Olu's White Paper is illegal

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Human rights activist and legal luminary, Femi Falana, has said that killings during the #EndSARS protest across the country, including the one in Lekki, Lagos was a massacre no matter how one looks at it as 99 were killed and dumped in Lagos, 30 were killed in Edo and 20 in Abuja while four persons were shot in Ogbomosho.

Falana, who stated this in a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Nigerian Guild of Editors and supported by the US Embassy, said the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s government erred in law by producing a White Paper on the Panel report on Lekki shooting as it is illegal. He said the only thing that anyone can do on the panel report was to approach the Appeal Court.

Also, he maintained that the Lagos Governor lacked the power to order soldiers to invade Lekki, saying that its only Muhammadu Buhari as Commander-in-Chief that has such powers.

Speaking at the event that was graced by top Editors and others such as Mr Ray Ekpo who served as Moderator; Professor John Akaine of Lagos State University; Professor Oluntola Sunday of the University of Lagos; the Managing Director of The Sun, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh; President Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mustapha Isa; and many others, Falana appealed to the media not to allow ilegalities of #EndSARS killings to be swept under the carpet.

During his contribution, a lawyer, Olumide Fucika, said that the #EndSARS Panel had invited the Chief Pathologist of Lagos, Prof Fafunwa, to testified that out of the 99 bodies three were documented as having been brought from Lekki.

He said for the Lagos State Government to say that only on person died was far from the truth. He posited that if the State Government was not hiding the truth why did it move to sweep the Lekki toll gate shooting before investigations was done.

In his contribution, Mr Ekpu stated that the Nigerian people and journalists should not loss hope but brace themselves for battle as freedom is never handed out on a plater gold .

Prof Akaine urged that it was journalists that fought for and won independence for Nigeria and that Nigerian journalists should never forget this and should ensure that it is in step with history if it is to play the critical roles to set Nigeria free even today.

Mr Ukeh maintained that Nigerian media has done a lot to the overall betterment of Nigeria but their contributions are never heeded by the powers that be, adding that if other professions contribute like the Nigerian media, the country would be an Eldarado.

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