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Allow Judicial Panel Probe Alleged Lekki Massacre, CISA urges Nigerians

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Citizens Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA) has appealed to Nigerians and even the international community to exercise patience with the Judicial panel of enquiry set by the Lagos State goverment to unravel the truth about the Lekki killings

The National Coordinator of CISA Chidi Omeje made this appeal yesterday during a world press conference held in Abuja.

He said that CISA are saddened by the unspeakable carnage across many parts of the country in the aftermath of EndSARS protests that rocked the Nation in the last cope of weeks.

The coordinator noted that what really aggravated the tragic situation that eventually snowballed into the unrestrained violence, mindless arson and looting of both public and private property across the country was the reckless manner with which some people handled information during and after the unfortunate incident.

“In any case, we are happy that Lagos State goverment has instituted a judicial panel of enquiry comprising of legal experts, youths activists, media practitioners, etc with the mandate to unravel the truth about what transpired in that night at the protest ground in Lekki Tollgate and it’s aftermath.

“We urge Nigerians to give this panel a chance to do their job. The sad incident bothers on national security and we should not allow sentiments to becloud the quest to unravel the whole truth.

“Hopefully the panel will help find out if the usage of word ‘massacre’ which literally means “indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings,” was appropriately describing the incident band also whether it is not strange that no single family has come forward to report loss of relation after a ‘Massacre’ took place.

“We are also hoping that the panel will also uncover the hospital morgues or shallow graves where those youths that were said to have been massacred that night were deposited or buried,” he said.

Mr Omeje noted that in the aftermath of the confusion, popular social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram have continued to flag several contents containing the alleged images of Lekki massacre as false information after being checked by independent fact checkers.

According to him, the promoters of such misinformation spread false and misleading contents to confuse, fool and deceived their targets with the sole aims of reinforcing sentiments, influencing bad judgement, aggravating anger, including mob attacks, discrediting our armed forces and plunging society into monumental crisis.

CISA welcomes you to this world press conference called to offer its perspective on the unfortunate developments in our dear country.

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