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EndSARS: Lai Mohammed Hails Police, Army, Says Lekki Massacre A Scam by Goodykeys(1): Wed 20, October, 2021
Despite asserting that the tragedy at the Lekki toll plaza was a "phantom massacre with nobodies," Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, lauded the police and the Nigerian Army for their contributions in last year's #EndSARS rallies.

Mohammed made the announcement during a news conference in Abuja, as protestors gathered in various major cities throughout the country to commemorate the #EndSARS marches.

The minister also lambasted CNN, DJ Switch, and global rights group, Amnesty International, for insisting that persons were killed at the tollgate.

He said, “The Federal Government remains proud of the security agencies for acting professionally and showing utmost restraint all through the #EndSARS protest and the ensuing violence, an action that saved lives and properties.

“The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre.”

The National Economic Council, which is chaired by the Vice-President and includes all governors and representatives of the Federal Government, has already addressed other issues related to the #EndSARS protest, according to Mohammed.

He explained that the NEC had revealed that under the auspices of the National Human Rights Commission, 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory had established judicial panels and commissions of inquiry to investigate allegations of human rights violations leveled against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, particularly members of the defunct SARS.

“Out of the 28 states, 11 states (Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers) have submitted their final reports to council,” the minister stated.

Each state, in collaboration with the Federal Government, shall establish modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. Already, as resolved by NEC, several states have set up Victims Compensation Funds, from which several victims have already received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels.

While fielding questions from journalists, Mohammed argued that police reforms would be gradual and could not be achieved overnight.

He also said the police do a lot of good in society which is hardly reported by the media.

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