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Lekki incident, a massacre without Dead bodies, says Federal Government
The Federal Government on Thursday insisted that there was no massacre when soldiers dispersed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos on October 20 , 2020 as Nigerians and the international community are being made to believe .
The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference in Abuja .
Mohammed who was joined at the briefing by heads of parastatals under his ministry attributed the reports of massacre to those he described as purveyors of fake news .
He said what was alleged to have happened could either be “ social media massacre ” or at best “ massacre without bodies. ”
The minister said , “ While we await the judicial panel in Lagos to unravel what transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate, what we can say , based on testimonies available in the public space, is that the world may have just witnessed, for the very first time ever, a massacre without bodies!
“ Some have tagged it ‘social media massacre .’ The testimony of Brig . -Gen , Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo of the Nigerian Army before the panel was compelling , and I am sure many of you have listened to or watched it .”
Relying heavily on Taiwo ’s testimony , Mohammed insisted that soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate fired blank ammunition into the air and that could not have done any damage to the flesh , not to talk of killing anyone .
He challenged those who alleged massacre at the toll gate to appear before the judicial panel to the world or simply admit that they goofed.
The minister said, “ Sadly , the purveyors of fake news and disinformation succeeded in deceiving the world that indeed there was mass killing in Lekki , even when , till date , not a single body has been produced and not a single family or relative has come out to say their child or ward was killed at Lekki .
“ More surprising and irresponsible is the fact that some people have been calling for sanctions against Nigeria or against Nigerian government officials on the basis of a hoax .
“ This is one of the dangers of fake news and disinformation. Once fake news is out , many run with it , without looking back , even when the truth is
eventually revealed .
“ We , therefore , want to use this opportunity to ask those who have alleged massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate to go to the judicial panel to present their evidence ( s ) to the world or simply admit that they have goofed.”