Buhari government promises to investigate Nigerian army over Lekki shooting

Members of President Muhammadu Buhari cabinet have stated their intention to investigate the alleged role of the Nigerian Army in the October 20 shooting of protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza.

Works minister Tunde Fashola said the federal cabinet, after its Wednesday meeting, recommended a thorough probe of the shooting.

He said the cabinet would “undertake a thorough investigation into what happened in the Lekki Toll Plaza, particularly the role of the military and ensure that the outcome is made public with a view to achieving closure on the matter.”

It was the first time the federal cabinet would discuss the matter.

Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu has also set up a judicial panel to investigate the matter. But the panel had no power to charge anyone for possible crimes.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) also launched a preliminary probe into the role of the military in the shooting.

But chief of army staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai told the soldiers believed to be involved in the shooting not to be afraid of being prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

Peoples Gazette

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