The chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages management committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, has said that the killing of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate in 2020 could not be connected to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
Oluomo said it was rather a political game by Tinubu’s counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively.
The transport boss noted that it was not possible that there would be killing of protesters and the corpses would not be revealed nor would the families of the deceased coming out to ask for their loved ones.
He stated these on Sunday during the rally he organised in Lagos to support his candidate, Bola Tinubu, and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Oluomo said, “Where are the bodies and where are they buried? Do they have relatives in Nigeria? Has Nigeria bribed the mothers of the deceased protesters? Why are their siblings not searching for them, even on social media? Or is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu a Chief of Army Staff or President who will order the killing of protesters at the (Lekki) Tollgate?”
“They’re lying to us, they want to undermine the Yorubas, everyone should come out. It is a political game. It was Atiku and Obi that conspired to do all those things then.”
In October 2020, thousands of youths trooped out to the streets in Nigeria and the diaspora, protesting extra-judicial killing by the police, particularly by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Following the shooting at Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, a Judicial Panel was set up by the state government to investigate petitions on police brutality in the state.
The panel submitted two reports — one on police brutality cases and another on the Lekki incident investigation.
The panel listed 10 fatalities arising from the shooting by the Nigerian Military at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020. It also recommended the redeployment and prosecution of the Divisional Police Officer of Maroko Police Station, for the arbitrary shooting and killing of protesters.
Meanwhile, the report had since being a subject of controversy, especially with the Federal Government rejecting the panel report for inconsistencies.