Lekki Tollgate Shootings: U.S Government Breaks Silence, Speak On Number of People Killed
The US government says it can’t confirm the exact number of people killed in the Lekki tollgate shooting in Lagos last October during a protest against police brutality.
This was reported in the US Department of State’s 45th annual human rights report.
According to the paper, “accurate details on the fatalities” from the shooting remains hazy since “no other agency was able to check the claim” except “Amnesty International, which confirmed 10 persons died during the event.”
“Blunt force trauma was evident on one of the bodies from the toll gate. Bullet wounds were found on a second body recovered from another site in Lagos State. Soldiers armed with live ammunition were present at the Lekki Toll Gate, according to the government. The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution was still hearing testimony and investigating the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate at the end of the year, according to the article.
The United States report, now in its 45th edition, discusses 198 countries’ human rights records in seven parts, including press freedom, corruption, and accountability.
The report’s release was announced Tuesday by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said that his country recognizes the “work ahead and wants all nations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
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