The Federal Government has stated once again that there will be no massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.
It also encouraged the families of those who were allegedly killed in the incident to speak out.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, presented the government’s position at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He was reacting to a report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution which investigated cases of police brutality and the toll gate incident.
He said the report was fake and unreliable.
“The report in circulation is calculated to embarrass the Federal Government and its agencies without foolproof evidence,’’ the minister stressed.
“The Federal Government has never condoned the abuse of the rights of Nigerians by security agencies under any guise.
“As a result, it disbanded SARS and encouraged states to set up the panels to investigate reports of rights abuses allegedly committed by the disbanded SARS personnel,’’ he added.
Alhaji Mohammed noted that the 37 policemen and six soldiers who died across the country during the #EndSARS protests were also Nigerians and should not be forgotten.
“We are saddened that anyone died at all during the #EndSARS protest as the life of every Nigerian and indeed every human is sacrosanct.
“As we have disclosed many times, 57 civilians, 37 policemen and six soldiers were killed across the country during the protests, and we commiserate with their families.