The Lekki Tollgate shootings on October 20, 2020, were classified as a massacre by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters (Lagos EndSARS Panel).
Soldiers were indicted and Nigerian security agents were involved in the killings and forced disappearances of harmless and unarmed youngsters protesting at Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, according to the panel.
On Monday, November 14, the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel revealed the information in a 309-page report to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Nine demonstrators were verified deceased, while four others were feared dead, according to the report. The report listed 48 names as those who were casualties of the Lekki incident. 24 of the 48 victims were injured by gunshots, while 15 others were assaulted by military and police.
“At the Lekki Toll Gate, Nigerian Army officers shot, injured, and killed unarmed, helpless, and defenseless protesters without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem, and the manner of assault and killing could be described as a massacre in context.”
The Panel further found that the Nigerian Army’s actions were worsened by its failure to allow ambulances to provide medical help to those who needed it.
The Nigerian Police Force sent its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20, 2020, and between that night and the morning of October 21, 2020, its officers fired at, beat, and pummeled unarmed protestors, resulting in injuries and deaths, according to the Panel. The policemen allegedly attempted to conceal their conduct by picking up bullets, according to the investigation.